Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea

Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea

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Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea by John R. Bruning. Brassey's Inc. (http://www.brasseys inc.com), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2000, 224 pages, $18.95 (softcover).

In Crimson Sky, John R. Bruning gives us a glimpse into the lives of US Air Force and Navy pilots who fought against North Korean, Chinese, and Soviet pilots during the Korean War (1950-53). At its heart, the book is about people rather than the strategy and tactics they used. The author's research and interviews with Korean War veterans and their families allow him to describe in detail many different individuals and their actions in 20 of the most interesting aerial operations during the war. These include the first kill by an American jet fighter and the first combat search and rescue mission by a helicopter. Bruning also answers many of the questions regarding the involvement of the Soviet Union in this conflict.

Although Crimson Sky covers some of the classic F-86 and MiG-15 battles over MiG Alley, it delves further into many of the lesser known, but no less important, aspects of the air battle over Korea. …

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