THE AIR WAR: New-Style Ace

THE AIR WAR New-Style Ace

The allied aviators of World War I established the tradition that an "ace" is a pilot who shoots down five or more enemy planes. In Korea last week, small, cigar-puffing Captain James Jabara of Wichita, Kan. (TIME, April 23) became the world's first jet-powered ace when he knocked down his fifth and sixth MIG-155, in "MIG Alley" near Sinuiju.

Jabara, propeller ace (6½ enemy planes) in World War II, first jumped three MIGs at 35,000 feet. "I picked out the last man and bored straight in," he said. "I fired two bursts which ripped up the...

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