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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178096319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780963198
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Finally, two respected American air historians have taken all of the available sources in hand to attempt to present an honest assessment of the air war and how it was actually fought. As a result, and as Doug Dildy is a retired fighter pilot who "grew up" during the Cold War and was trained based on results of Korea, they have presented a great description of what it was actually like to fly and fight in an F-86 Sabre or MiG-15 in Korea ... The book is clearly written in easy-to-understand terms and does a great job of using examples and facts to show how air combat was conducted ... Overall, if you have any interest in Korean War air combat this book is a great place to start or simply add to your knowledge."
- Cookie Sewell --www.cybermodeler.com (June 2013)

A great overall view of the very first all-jet dogfights of the Cold War. --Airfix Model World

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Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel who spent nine years of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot. As commander of the 32nd Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg AB, NL, he enforced the No-Fly-Zone over Iraq acquiring over 100 hours of combat time in the F-15. Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviation historian and editor for over 40 years and his personal reference collection includes thousands of photos and detailed interviews with over 2,000 pilots and aircrew members. He has had more than 25 books published including several on the Korean War for Osprey. Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviation historian and editor for over 40 years and his personal reference collection includes thousands of photos and detailed interviews with over 2,000 pilots and aircrew members. He has had 25 books published including three books on the Korean War for Osprey. His book Korean War Aces in the Aircraft of the Aces series was a bestseller. WIEK LUIJKEN is an artist based in England but born and raised in the Netherlands. He has been a professional artist and director for more than 20 years. Aviation has been a big part of his life since childhood.

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Excellent title, covering the battles fought in the skies of Korea by these two iconic fighters, representing the top of the line in fighter technology at the moment in both Russia and the States. And also dispells with the myth of American pros versus chinese tiros, giving some insight on the involvment of crack Soviet pilots in the fray, which was not as one-sided as some might think.Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smithy on 13 Jun. 2014
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A definite front-runner for best in Osprey's successful Duel Series, this is a brilliant look at the Korean War's epic tussle between the F-86 Sabre and the MiG-15. The book is divided into excellent chapters covering: the aircraft in question, their development and technical specifications; pilots and pilot training; tactics; analysis of combat; etc. All of this is complimented with a vast array of photographs and illustrations. All in all, this is a superb look at these two aircraft and the war they raged over Korea from 1950 to 1953.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Carter on 20 Aug. 2013
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Like all books in this range it gives a good overall blow by blow account of how they compared against each other. It is good for someone who wants to get an idea of what they were like. Bit shallow in overall account of the war situation but then it wasn't written to answer that part but worthwhile for all that.
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By David Cotton on 9 Feb. 2014
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Very interesting with regard to the kill ratio between the aircraft.
When the best Russian pilots met the best US pilots, it seems that they were very well matched in these aircraft.
Could do with more combat reports .
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Double treat for aviation fans... 29 May 2013
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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The Osprey Duel series "F-86 Sabre vs. MiG-15" should be a double treat for fans and students of modern combat aviation. This book features some excellent insights into the air war over the Korean Peninsula 1950-1953, and a highly readable technical comparison of the relative merits of the U.S.-built Sabre jet fighter and its principal opponent, the Russian-built MiG-15.

"F-86 vs MiG-15" offers a lot of information in a relatively short (80 page) book, with an introduction, a chronology of the air war, and a discussion of the development of the two aircraft. The text provides an explanation of the strategic situation on the Korean Peninsula before getting into the heart of the narrative, the head-to-head combat between aircraft and pilots. The authors, Douglas Dildy and Warren Thompson, took the trouble to do a reasonably nuanced statistical comparison to sum up the results of the "duel" between the F-86 and the MiG-15. The narrative benefits from access to recent Soviet memoires and archives, and is enhanced by an interesting collection of photographs, diagrams, maps and illustrations. Several of the illustrations put the reader in the cockpits of the two aircraft, while several diagrams explain common aerial tactics used by each side.

"F-86 vs MiG-15" is an interesting read and a worthwhile look back at the Korean War; highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Jet Duel in MIG Alley 6 Jun. 2013
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another in the "Duel" series by Osprey Publishing. The format is straightforward--the two parties to a duel (whatever that might be) are described and compared. The actual duel is described. Finally, an analysis of the results of the duel.

This slender volume focuses on the conflict between the F-86 Sabre (jet) and the MIG-15 over the skies of Korea (and China) during the Korean War. The basic actors: the North Korean Air Force (its propeller driven aircraft essentially out of the war very quickly), the US Air Force (featuring some golden oldies like the P-51 Mustang and B-29 bombers at the outset), the Soviet air resources, and the Chinese air force (known officially as the People's Liberation Army Air Force). Over the course of the war, the fighyters used evolved, until the key fighters were all high performance jet aircraft. Early versions of the F-86 and MIG-15 had shortcomings, and both planes evolved pretty rapidly.

The volume proceeds from an introduction to air power as the Korean war developed, design and development of the two aircraft, technical specifications of the planes (and see the dials and other elements in the cockpit of the F-86 on page 59!), the combatants (including training levels of the different air forces), and combat.

It is interesting to read of the tactics of the various pilots.

One bottom line? The number of fighters shot down by the various actors. The book makes clear that there is a lot of error in the official "kill figures." Indeed, it is sobering how inaccurate such figures appear to be. However, despite how one measures things, the F-86 outperformed the MIG (much of this because of better training among American and Soviet pilots, compared with Chinese and North Korean pilots).

All in all, a very useful volume on the first large scale jet fighter air war.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A nice quick piece 13 Jun. 2013
By N. Trachta - Published on Amazon.com
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A special love for anyone who loves aerial combat is the duel that occured between Mig-15's and F-86 Sabres; it captures something special... When I saw this book I had to get it to see how it compared to others I'd read. Being an Osprey Duel book means there's limited space to deliver the message and I try to factor that into my ratings (I rarely give Osprey books a 1 or a 5. The times I have though they've more than earned them).

This one follows the typical Osprey Duel standard; a quick description, tell about the combatents (material and people), the situation, and then assess things. Something that was interesting with this one was the factoring in the Russian contribution (usually it's mentioned but not discussed heavily. For the size of this book they did a great job assessing the Russian contribution to the Korean air war). Other interesting factors include the assessment on the differernt aircraft and the end results, all worthy contributions. Unfortunetly two weaknesses in the book were the extensive use of acronyms and the pilot combat section was not as strong as I was hoping for (I believe this was because there was so much out there that it became difficult to decide what to add. Because of the weaknesses I'd call this one a 3.5 star book that I'm rounding up to 4 because it, not a bad book to have in your library but if I wanted to read on Sabres I'd rather have Sabres Over MIG Alley: The F-86 and the Battle for Air Superiority in Korea as my reference piece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great read and reference 15 July 2013
By ddj4au - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a bit biased as one of the aces in the book is my grandfather Lt. Col. George L. Jones. That said, a great read and reference for anyone interested in the aircraft and battles of MiG Alley at the advent of fighter jet combat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another Good Duel series 13 Jun. 2013
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always enjoyed this series by Osprey and this book does not disappoint. While it doesn't go into great detail about the jets like the Vanguard Series or cover all the Aces like Aircraft of the Aces series I find these books more satisfying. It was interesting to read more about the Soviet Air Force involvement during the early part of the conflict, which is hardly ever covered by the other books,
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