Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II by Roger Chesneau

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He quickly ordered the US Far East Command, under Gen Douglas MacArthur, to intervene. The USAF’s Japan-based Fifth Air Force F-80C Shooting Stars soon dominated the skies, achieving aerial superiority by the end of the first week. Augmented by propeller-driven NAA F-82G Twin Mustang night/all-weather interceptors and left-over World War II NAA F-51D Mustangs, American fighters had downed two-dozen North Korean aircraft by July 20, after which the KPAF withdrew from combat. com N Shenyang (Mukden) ● Communist Coalition air defense units PLAAF – People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PRC) V-VS – Soviet Frontal Aviation (USSR) KPAF – Korean People’s Air Force (DPRK) 1.

Consequently, Mao appealed to Soviet Premier Josef Stalin to provide the air cover needed over the CPVA’s troops and supply lines, as well as protect the rear areas. After prevaricating nervously, Stalin eventually promised “124 MiG-15” jet fighters to cover the Chinese troops. Initially, Maj Gen Ivan M. Belov’s 151st GvIAD was deployed to Shenyang (called Mukden by the Russians) to train the PLAAF’s 3rd and 4th Fighter Air Divisions (FADs) on the MiG-15, but this tasking was soon modified to include providing air cover “for the troops of the PLA’s 13th Army Group, [but] will not fly across the state border with the Korean People’s Democratic Republic”.

The Sabre pilot would close until the wingspan of the target equalled the diameter of the reticle, and when the “pipper” was placed on the target and allowed to “settle” (“stabilize”), accurate firing could commence. As the Sabre closed in range, the pilot would twist the throttle grip clockwise to maintain the reticle diameter to match the target’s wingspan, thus sending a corrected range signal to the gunsight, which then adjusted the “pipper’s” depression to the new range. If multiple targets were present and the radar locked onto one not being engaged, the pilot could “step” the radar to the target in the reticle by pressing the radar target-reject button (fig.

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