A MiG-15 to Freedom: Memoir of the Wartime North Korean Defector who First Delivered the Secret Fighter Jet to the Americans in 1953

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1996 - Transportation - 221 pages
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On September 21, 1953, U.S. airmen at Kimpo Air Base near Seoul, Korea, were startled to see landing a MiG-15, the most advanced Soviet-built fighter plane of the era, piloted by Senior Lieutenant No Kum-Sok, a 21-year-old North Korean Air Force officer.
Once he landed, Lieutenant No found that his mother had escaped to the South two years earlier, and they were soon reunited. At his request, No came to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. His story provides a unique insight into how North Korea conducted the Korean War and how he came to the decision to leave his homeland.
 

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Contents

Preface by No KumSok
1
Foreword by J R Osterholm
3
Crossing the Line
7
Growing Up Under the Japanese
18
Maturing Under the Communists
32
North Korean Naval Academy
42
The Korean War Breaks Out
51
The Allies Retreat
61
Communist Party Membership
124
Struggle for Survival
129
Final Decision to Flee
139
Interrogation
145
America Tests the MiG15bis
158
What an Interesting Country
166
My Early Adjustment
173
Success
183

Volunteer for the Unknown
68
Flight Training in Manchuria
76
Flying the MiG15
84
Aerial Combat Against F86 Sabres
97
Battles in MiG Alley
105
The End of the Manchurian Sanctuary
114
Retrospective on North and South Korea
193
Epilogue
203
Bibliography
207
Index
209
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J. ROGER OSTERHOLM is a Professor in the Humanities Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he teaches courses in cultural history, aviation literature, and writing.

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