Friday pictures: F-86 & MiG-15

Fifty-eight years ago, the North American F-86 Sabre and the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 fought remorselessly for control of Korea’s skies, giving no quarter as they tangled in MiG Alley. Even though the skies over the Yalu River remain unwelcome to American aircraft today, times have changed sufficiently that these former foes now find themselves reunited in far more peaceful circumstances. I think it’s useful, as we look at the uncertainty in the world around us, to realize that the passage of two generations is enough time to witness profound changes in the world, and sometimes it’s change for the good.

Regardless of such thoughts, the two planes in this week’s picture are timeless examples of the first jet vs. jet combat ever. It is wonderful to see them in such perfect condition, and my thanks to Mark Von Raesfeld for his wonderful photography. As always, follow the link for a larger view.

F-86 Sabre & MiG-15 at Chino

F-86 Sabre & MiG-15 at Chino

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One Comment on “Friday pictures: F-86 & MiG-15”

  1. […] First flown in 1950, the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO reporting name Fresco) is an obvious development of the MiG-15. Compound wing-sweep, a ventral fin, and varying wing fence configurations distinguish the two designs, which both share the same engine, an unlicensed copy of the Rolls Royce Nene, ill-advisedly sold to the Russians by the British Labour government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee. The MiG-15 made a previous appearance in the Friday pictures series here. […]

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