War: New Champ

Fifty MIG-15s bore down on a flight of U.N. fighter bombers near the Yalu; up streaked four U.S. F-86 Sabre jets to meet them. Flying the lead Sabre was Captain "Manuel Fernandez Jr., a 28-year-old Miamian on his 117th combat mission (already 17 missions over the standard 100; he wants to fly 150 in all). Fernandez got his sights on a MIG, started firing from 1,200 ft. away. Later he reported matter of factly: "Large pieces started falling off him, and fire broke out in his tailpipe section. He fell over on the left...

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