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  MiG-15bis  Serial Number 2015357 Nose 2057

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RAAF Sept 21, 1953

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Aircraft History
Built by Mikoyan–Gurevich as MiG-15bis serial number 2015357. Delivered to the Korean People's Air Force (KPAF). This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Squadron number 2057 was painted in red digits with a white outline on both sides of the nose. Below the gun sight was the following admonition painted in red Korean characters: "Pour out and zero in this vindictive ammunition to the damn Yankees."

Korean War History
During April 1953 U.N. forces began distributing propaganda that shared the story of Polish pilot Franciszek Jarecki, who defected with a MiG-15 on March 5, 1953, received $50,000 USD and became a U. S. citizen. Leaflets were dropped in Nore Korea encouraging any pilots to defect with their jet fighter to South Korea.

On September 21, 1953 took off piloted by Lt. No Kum-sok (No Kum So) who defected across the 38th parallel and landed at Kimpo Air Base (K-14). This first U.N. personnel to reach the aircraft after it landed was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Flight Lt. Norm Williams, 77 Squadron operations officer.

Afterwards, this aircraft went to Okinawa and was disassembled in December 1953 and airlifted to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. First flown by test pilot Captain Tom Collins with later test flights by Major Chuck Yeager. After exhaustive testing, the United States then offered to return the airplane to its "rightful owners" but there was no response to the offer from North Korea, China or the Soviet Union.

In November 1957, transferred to the United States Air Force Museum (USAF Museum) and put on public display. The $100,000 check dated April 27, 1954 given to No Kum-Sok is displayed nearby. Today, displayed across from the museum's F-86 Saber in the Korean War exhibit.

National Museum of the US Air Force - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15Bis
Propaganda leaflet command report (1-30 April 1953), 1st Radio Broadcasting & Leaflet Group, 8239th Army Unit Headquarters, Camp Tokyo, Far East Command. Record Group 407, E. 429, AYUT 8239; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD
Korean War Nominal Roll - Norman Francis Williams, O36346

A MiG-15 to Freedom: Memoir of the Wartime North Korean Defector Who First Delivered the Secret Fighter Jet to the Americans in 1953 by No Kum-Sok
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden

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September 21, 2020


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