THE AIR WAR: It's Hot Upstairs

The Red air force was showing more fight than it had for a long time. Swarms of the enemy's fast, agile MIG-158 rose to contest the air with U.S. F-86 Sabres. On some days, "props" (propeller-driven planes) from both sides joined in the dogfights. The sharpshooting Americans wound up the seven days of battle with a bag of twelve Red planes destroyed, 29 damaged. But over the same period, ten U.S. planes were lost—six to enemy ground fire.*

Since they joined the air war last year (TIME, Jan. 1), the Sabre squadrons had,...

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