November 8, 1950
During the Korean War the very first- ever jet vs. jet aerial dogfight took place. U.S. Air Force pilot Lt. Russell J. Brown was flying a Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star and successfully shot down two North Korean MiG-15s, which were possibly piloted by Russians. The MiG-15 was the fastest, most maneuverable fighter jet of its day, and generally dominated the skies it flew. Taking down two in a dogfight was a tremendous opening salvo.
H/T to my Air Force friend who sent this…
Last year, I screened The Cold Blue, which was an amazing film. In WW2, 5 famous Hollywood directors, William Wyler, John Huston, John Ford, George Stevens, and Frank Capra went into harm’s way with small film crews and documented the war. John Ford, for example shot – I believe- the only footage of Midway as it was being attacked.
I’m in danger of swaying into this fascinating story, but I will say one thing. The war affected them all, and it can be reflected in their post war work. George Stevens, for example, having seen so much death and destruction in Europe, in making Shane, thought gunfire and being shot should be portrayed realistically, a first for a Hollywood Western.
The B-29 was an amazing aircraft for its day, a complete game changer. More was spent on its development and production than the Manhattan Project.
There was a wonderful book that dealt with the B-29 written by the author of Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley, called Flyboys. Downfall, recommended by a Lexican, was another good book that went into a lot of detail on the Superfortress.
If you are lucky enough to see one of the 2 flying today, it is still an impressive airplane, 70 years later. I wrote about visiting FiFi a couple of years ago, and posted some pictures.
Filed under History, USAF
By lex, on December 16th, 2011
Over at the Danger Room, David Axe is making noise ** about the USAF’s official investigation into the loss of an F-22A Raptor and its pilot up in Alaska in November 2010:
By lex, on April 23rd, 2011
Still actuating on naval command-at-sea pins:
By lex, on June 24th, 2010
An ignoble end to a long-range trashauler:
By lex, on May 19th, 2010
“You seldom think of aerial combat — getting shot at — as fun,” (USAF Colonel Bud Mahurin) said, “but it’s a lot of fun if you’re doing the shooting.”
Posted by Lex, on March 14th, 2008
Gambling, live shows, dancing girls, night clubs.
Predator pilots *.