THE AIR WAR: First Blood for the Sabres

In Korea last week, the fastest operational U.S. jet fighter plane got its first trial in combat, and the pilots shot down seven enemy planes. The American jets were North American F-86 Sabres, which had been clocked at 670.981 m.p.h. at Muroc Dry Lake, the Air Force's proving ground in California, and were reputed to be even faster. Russia's vaunted MIG-15, which had "walked away" from F80 Shooting Stars in Korea, is certainly almost as fast as the Sabre (and may be equally fast), but the F-86s were touted as sturdier, more...

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