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Yuriy Tepsurkaev and s present a ‘blow-by-blow’ account of the MiG versus Sabre dog_ ght of May 20, 1951 – and assess its place in history

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James Jabara being congratulated on becoming an ace, May 20, 1951.
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Captain James ‘Jabby’ Jabara of the USAF’s 4th Fighter Wing, 334th Fighter Squadron, downed his fifth and sixth MiGs on May 20, 1951 in the skies over Korea. The all-important fifth victory takes a pilot into the realms of being an ‘ace’. So the 28-yearold F-86A Sabre pilot earned his place in history as the first ace of the Korean War and the world’s first jet ace.

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