FORMOSA: Sharpshooting Sabre Jets

Cruising along at 40,000 ft. over the Formosa Strait, eight Chinese Nationalist F-86 Sabre jets picked out the white contrails of nearly a score of Communist MIG-17s in the early morning sunlight. With a confidence born of repeated successes in aerial clashes with Red pilots and with more than 2,000 flight hours per man logged in Sabre jets (an operational experience that is the envy of U.S. Air Force pilots), the Chinese Nationalists jumped the MIGs.

At first the MIGs tried to form into a huge circle one behind the other, a new Communist tactic* the Nationalists described as "like...

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