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Product Details

  • Series: Duel (Book 50)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178096319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780963198
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,971 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

"... a great read and is one of the better volumes in this series. One that I can quite easily recommend to you."
- Scott Van aken, www.modelingmadness.com

"Technical and tactical information about these two classic fighters combine with analysis of their performance in action." --Military Heritage magazine

"Benefiting from newly acquired information from the Russian and Chinese camps, jet age experts Douglas Dildy and Warren Thompson provide an unprecedented comparison of the performance, strengths and weaknesses of the two fighters and the pilots who flew them ... Students of the early jet age should find F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15 an essential addition to Osprey's "Duel" series."
- Aviation Hitsory (March 2014)

About the Author

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel. 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.

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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.
D.S.Thurlow
I highly recommend this well written book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2013
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2013
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Trachta on June 13, 2013
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ddj4au on July 15, 2013
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick on June 13, 2013
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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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