Science: How Good Is the MIG?

Why did the U.S. Sabre jet win so many victories (13 to 1) over the MIG-15? Many U.S. fighter pilots insisted the MIGs were so good that only U.S. pilot superiority kept them from sweeping the Sabre jets out of the air. U.S. airplane builders insisted that the Sabre jet was the better airplane. Last week the MIG was appraised by famous U.S. pilots. Their verdict: it is nothing exceptional.

The MIG landed behind U.S. lines by North Korean Pilot Noh Keum Suk on Sept. 21 was flown in simulated combat against Sabre jets by Major General Albert Boyd, commander of Wright...

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