December 17, This day during the Korean War

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December 17, 1950 – Mig Alley, North Korea – In the first of what would become clashes between champions, Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton, commander of the 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, shoots down Soviet Captain Ya. N. Yefromenko of the 50th Fighter Aviation Division, who bails out and lands safely. This is the first victory by an American F-86 Saber over the Soviet MiG-15. The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as America’s first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated…

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