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F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War : Combat Aircraft - Warren Thompson

F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

Combat Aircraft

Paperback Published: 15th July 2019
ISBN: 9781472829054
Number Of Pages: 96

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Fully illustrated study of the US Korean War fighter that fought in the first ever jet-versus-jet engagement in the history of aviation.

Built within a 180-day time limit in 1943, the F-80 Shooting Star first saw service in Italy in the final year of World War 2, and consequently was sent to bases in the US, Europe and the Far East after VJ Day. It was the latter groups based in Japan that initially bore the brunt of the early fighting in Korea, engaging MiG-15s in the world's first jet-versus-jet combat.

Flown principally by the 8th and 49th Fighter Bomber Wings, the F-80 served until the end of the war, completing an astonishing 98,515 combat sorties, shooting down 17 aircraft (including three of the vastly superior MiG-15s), dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs, and firing over 80,000 air-to-ground rockets. Aside from the fighter-bomber Shooting Stars, the ultra-rare, but heavily used, photo-reconnaissance RF-80A saw extensive use in the frontline in Korea as a replacement for the vulnerable RF-51D.

Filled with first-hand accounts and rare colour photographs taken by the veterans themselves, this is the engrossing story of the pioneering F-80 Shooting Star.

About the Author

Warren Thompson has had numerous books and magazine articles published over the past 30 years. His interest in the Korean War has spanned almost this entire length of time. Thompson has written more than 15 books for Osprey since 1990. He lives in Germantown, Tennessee.

ISBN: 9781472829054
ISBN-10: 1472829050
Series: Combat Aircraft
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 15th July 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 18.4  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.31

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