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Re: Soviet Aircraft Types in Korea
Interesting because on Kim Il Sun,
China dissed them on sales of weapony to Iran and Iraq.
Taking away a revenue stream from NK.
Thereby creating a more serious economic crisis.
It seems that China became very cautious of their neighbor.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: Soviet Aircraft Types in Korea
> There is a lot more to it than that. The Soviet plane -- nicknamed the
> "Soldier's Airplane" as it was so simple and reliable to maintain --
> from a lot of serious problems. For one, it could not go supersonic or it
> would literally disintegrate. As a result, it had a speed sensor which
> deploy its air brakes around M 0.95-0.97. Also, and its biggest failing,
> that it did not provide for G-suit and as a result its pilots suffered
> badly. Many pilots were apparently sent home in what they felt was
> after 75-100 missions due to internal organ damage casued by high-speed
> Basic reason the Koreans were the "enemy" was that although both sides
> who they were fighting at what would have been Top Secret level back then,
> neither one wanted their countires to find out about it. Reason was a big
> fear that it would suck them into a nuclear confrontation neither one
> (Think about the McCarthy and HUAC hearings, then couple that with
> knowledge that Soviet pilots were "slaughtering our boys", and what the
> national reaction would have been.)
> The real fight in Korea seems to have been (chime in here, Joe, Mark, and
> others) who got to control the influence over NORTH Korea, not SOUTH
> Neither Stalin nor Mao seemed to want to have anything to do with Kim Il
> Sung, who they appear to have looked at as a maverick and a jerk) but
> one wanted the other to have Kim in their sphere of control, either. Game
> went to checkmate when Stalin died in the spring of 1953.
> Cookie Sewell