F-80 Shooting Star Units over Korea

F-80 Shooting Star Units over Korea

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  • Author: Warren Thompson
  • Publication Date: 25 Jun 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841762258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 128
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About this Product

The USAF's first successful jet fighter, the F-80 actually made a name for itself in combat as a strike bomber during the Korean War. A Shooting Star also shot down the first MiG-15 lost during the campaign in what is believed to have been the world's first ever jet-versus-jet engagement. Read in this volume how the 8th and 49th Fighter Bomber Wings in Korea, F-80Cs completed an amazing 98,515, combat sorties, shot down 37 aircraft (including six MiG-15s), dropped 33,266 US tons of bombs and fired off 80,935 air-to-ground rockets. Aside from the fighter-bomber F-80C, photo-recce RF-80A/Cs and 'hack' two-seat T-33s are also featured.

Biographical Note

Warren Thompson has written three books on the Korean War for Osprey in the past, including the best-selling ‘Korean War Aces' in the Aircraft of the Aces series. He is also an official historian of the P-61 aircrew association.

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