by Emmett Smith
Here! are a flock of links to YouTube video footage of the MiG-15 and F-86 Korean War jet fighters. The first is to this film made by the Red Brothers to ballyho their own plane:
Next is a short history of the Soviet fighter:
Then follows a film about the USAF MiG-15 evaluation, done with a fighter brought in by a North Korean defector:
Also I have rounded up some footage in Russian — about this same USAF MiG-15 evaluation!
Finally, there follow outtakes (in order) from the History Channel MiG Alley Dogfights program.
The MiG-15 for whatever reason — it simply was not as good as the F-86F notably! — was the big boogyman when I was small, in kindergarten in the Fall of 1954: “Kindergarden baby, born in the gravy!” and “better look out you kindergarden babies, the MiGs’ll get you!” the 6th grade school patrol would shout, if they saw us sneaking across the street in the middle of the block. It might have had to do with the fact that the Air Force Reserve F-80 Shooting Star pilots from the Wold-Chamberlain air base a mile to the South would buzz the Minneapolis Minnehaha Elementary schoolyard on the weekends, did until there was a newspaper fuss and a crackdown, I think. In fact later, at the end of the 1950s, an F-84 reserve pilot stalled on landing and dropped her straight down on the last North-South avenue, 46th I believe, into the middle of the block of East-facing houses. Four, maybe it was five, of the Levittown-type dwellings burnt right down into their cellars, and you can see today the incongruous 1950s ranch houses with low hip roofs built afterward, which break the symmetry of the older Cape Cod-style roof line. One of these times in the cities I will drive by and have a look…out on East 58th Street at 46th Avenue South, or so.
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 26 January 2009]