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Re: Communist Perspective on Air War in Korea
Mark, as usual, is dead on the money.
One of the big things on claims which I have noted is that any Sabre trailing
black smoke was counted as killed by the Soviets, as when MiGs did that they
were on fire. But that was normal for the GE engine at full power, so the
Soviets were fooled when the Sabre pilots ran for it.
Likewise, when the MiG was hit by a Sabre, the trail of grey smoke only
indicated one or more combustion chambers were damaged, and the Mig more
often then not made it home, even though the US pilot counted it as a kill
for the reverse of the same reason (Sabre trailing grey smoke equals dead