Monday, 12 February 2018

Chasing the Intruders


I'm away this weekend so have been catching up on some background reading for the MiG Alley and Bag the MiG project. This includes Catching the Intruders, a brief but really interesting biography of a PLAAF fighter ace, who flew in the Korean War and also against Taiwanese night intruders in the late 50's and early '60's. Here's the blurb:

People's Liberation Army Air Force pilot Han Decai was 17 years old when he started flight training. Six months later, with 60 hours of total flying time and 30 hours in the MiG-15, he was sent to the Korean border - to fly against the Americans, the hottest fighter pilots in the world. At age 19, Han became the youngest jet ace in history, and one of the best know airmen in China. After the war, he was assigned to fly MiG-17s, first to chase high-flying U-2s, and later the low-flying intruders from Taiwan. 

It's a quick read but we'll worth it!

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