THE AIR WAR: Dogfights

The two fastest jet fighters in Korea—the U.S. F-86 Sabre and Russia's MIG-15 —were hotting up the aerial combat phase of the air war. Near Sinuiju, on the Yalu River, last week there were two dogfights in one day. In the first, six MIGs tangled with four F-86s. The Sabre pilots shot down one enemy plane and counted as a "probable" a MIG that rolled on to its back and vanished into a ground haze.

In the second battle—biggest jet dogfight in air history—35 to 40 MIGs fought 15 F-86s. After visible hits had been registered on two of...

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