F-80 SHOOTING STAR KILLS MIG

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THE YEAR IS 1952, ENEMY AIR SPACE OVER NORTH KOREA. A SINGLE RUSSIAN MIG-15 IS BEING PILOTED BY A NORTH KOREAN. THE PILOT OF THE F-80 ISN’T AWARE OF THE MIG PILOTS STATUS. HE IS ACTUALLY THE RED BARRON OF THE KOREAN AIR FORCE. ONLY ON THIS DAY, HE HAS MET HIS MATCH IN THE PILOT SEAT OF THIS F-80. THE NUMBER ONE ACE PILOT FOR THE AMERICAN AIR FORCE IS AT THE CONTROLS AND IS MOVING IN FOR THE KILL AFTER SCORING SEVERAL HITS FROM HIS FOUR 50CAL. MACHINE GUNS. THE MIG PILOT TRIES TO RUN, BUT IT IS TOO LATE FOR HIM AS THE AMERICAN PILOT MAKES THE FINAL RUN THAT WILL SEND THE MIG PILOT TO THOSE HAPPY HUNTING GROUNDS IN HELL. THIS PHOTO WAS PUT TOGETHER IN THE DIGITAL DARKROOM. THE MIG IS AN ACTUALL MIG-15 AND THE F-80 IS ACTUALLY A P-80 TRAINER THAT I CUT AND PASTED INTO THE PHOTO WITH THE MIG. THE P-80 I PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE RUNWAY JUST AFTER LANDING AT YOLO COUNTY AVIATION PARK IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. SINCE IT WAS A FRONTAL VIEW WITH THE CANOPY OPEN AND THE LANDING GEAR DOWN, I HAD TO CUT AROUND THE GEAR AND CANOPY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS BACK IN THE AIR. THE MIG WAS IN JUST THE RIGHT POSITION FOR ME TO PLACE THE P-80 IN A TIGHT TURN MODE AS IF HE WAS COMING BACK AROUND BEHIND THE MIG FOR THAT FINAL BURST OF 50 CAL. WITH THE MIGS ENGINE ON FIRE AND LOOSING POWER, HE DOESN’T HAVE THE SPEED OR MANUVERABILITY TO OUTDO THE F-80, SO IT IS TOO LATE FOR HIM. UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES THE MIG WAS MORE POWERFUL AND MORE MANUVERABLE THAN THE F-80 WAS, SO A KILL BY THE AMERICAN PILOT WAS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF SUPERIOR TRAINING ON HIS PART. IT WASN’T UNTIL THE F-86B THAT THE AMERICANS ACTUALLY HAD A JET THAT COULD OUTDO THE MIG. SO A LOT A AMERICAN PILOTS WERE ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY THANKS TO GREAT TRAINING. THEN EVENTUALLY, SUPERIOR EQUIPMENT AND AIR CRAFT.

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