LIVING HISTORY FLYING DAYS Korean Conflict
Chino, CA. – Saturday, September 1, 2012; 10:00am to 12:00 noon. On the first Saturday of each month, Planes of Fame Air Museum presents its Living History Flying Day. The theme for September 1 is the “Korean Conflict”, featuring the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15.
Open to the public, the Museum presents a speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans. The prototype of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (NATO code name “Fagot”) made its maiden flight on 30 December 30, 1947. The first production aircraft flew exactly one year later. It was in the frozen skies of Korea that the MiG-15 proved one of the most formidable fighters of its generation, being far superior to straight-wing aircraft like the F-80 and the Navy’s F9F Panther. F-86 Sabres clashed with MiGs in the Korean conflict for the first time in December 1950. For two and a half years MiGs and Sabers in the skies over the Yalu River in an area called “MiG Ailey.” At the end of the Korean War, Saber pilots claimed a 14:1 (later revised to 7:1) kill ratio over their opponents. This lopsided total is usually attributed to the superior training given to USAF pilots. Over 17,000 MiG-15 aircraft were built in the USSR, Poland and Czechoslovakia. Thousands more were built in China. Planes of Fame Air Museum owns three MiG-15s, one airworthy and two on static display.
The presentation is followed by a question and answer period then a flight demonstration of the MiG-15 by one of the Museum’s pilots. On display will be the featured aircraft, the
MiG-15 for up-close encounters. At 12:00 noon, following the presentation, there will be a Membership Sponsored raffle flight. Museum doors open at 9:00am.
About Planes of Fame Air Museum
The Planes of Fame Air Museum, founded in 1957 by Edward Maloney, is where aviation history lives. It is the oldest independently operated aviation museum in the United States. The museum collection spans the history of manned flight from the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896 to the space age Apollo Capsule. The mission Planes of Fame Air Museum is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and air shows in fulfillment of this mission. Photos available upon request. Visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website www.planesoffame.org and our Facebook page.
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