Monday, July 22, 2013

MiG Alley

After World War II the development of jet engine technology and advances in aerodynamics revolutionized the aircraft industry. When war broke out in Korea, the F-86 Sabre was at the cutting edge of fighter jet performance. Pitted against the equally advanced MiG 15, the Sabre proved more than a match for the Russian machine. Armed with 6 .50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 dominated the MiG in aerial combat. The Sabre racked up an impressive 10:1 kill ratio in dogfights over the MiG 15. Though relatively equal aircraft, better pilot training and tactics gave the edge to the Sabre in combat among the skies over an area which became known as "MiG Alley".