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    What aircraft were they flying prior to the Korean War as i've seen very little documentation be it visual / printed or who was the first North Korean to step into a Cockpit of any plane . Which nation was training there Pilot's Russia or China or both ..and during the Korean War Russian Pilots were flying NK marked MiGs .

    Is there any images of First NK squadrons floating about on the Net ??

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    They had a mixture of WW2 surplus Soviet aircraft and had been trained by the Soviets. Remember China only finished its civil war in 1949. They had little to no time or money for getting involved in North Korea.

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    There are enough pictures of derelict NK aircraft floating around on the web, and a late model Yak-9P and a Il-10 was taken to the US and tested there.
    It actually wasn't a "mix of surplus", US pilots claimed all sorts of aircraft that weren't there.
    The NKAF had Il-10s as ground attack aircraft and Yak-9s as fighters, but neither Yak-3s, 7s or Lavotchkin planes were used by them.
    The USAF just wasn't very good at IDing soviet built planes.
    The NKAF, like the rest of the Mingun, was actually pretty well trained but of course had no chance against the USAF and the USN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCR View Post
    There are enough pictures of derelict NK aircraft floating around on the web, and a late model Yak-9P and a Il-10 was taken to the US and tested there.
    It actually wasn't a "mix of surplus", US pilots claimed all sorts of aircraft that weren't there.
    The NKAF had Il-10s as ground attack aircraft and Yak-9s as fighters, but neither Yak-3s, 7s or Lavotchkin planes were used by them.
    The USAF just wasn't very good at IDing soviet built planes.
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    To be fair, poor ID-ing of aircraft wasn't limited by nation. See for example all the RAF reports of going up against confiscated French Hawk-75's (aka Fw-190's, Blackburn Skua's, BP-Defiants etc).

    The North Koreans in addition to their Il-10's and Yak-9's also had some An transports and (the aforementioned) MiG-15's later.

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    The NKAF was the last of the conflict parties to fly the MiG-15, and many of the lopsided battles of 1953 were against this second generation NKAF, whose pilots were neither as well trained nor as aggressive as their predecessors in Yaks.
    Undoubtedly the most effective arm of the NKAF was the night harrassment units with Po-2 biplanes who kept up night bombing sorties over Korea for the whole war with biplanes and from time to time scored amazingly lucky hits.
    In fact, those biplanes destroyed more USAF planes on the ground than the entire NKAF destroyed in the air

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    I've read a good number of amusing accounts by nightfighter pilots trying to catch the biplanes. One Corsair pilot wrote about being so frustrated that he considered carrying a .45 Grease gun just in case he ever pulled up alongside him by accident.

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