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Operation Moolah... MiG-15 defection...

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September 21, 1953


* Operation Moolah - Korean War
* Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 jet fighter
* Communist pilot No Kum-sok defection

The front page has a nice banner headline: "ALLIES GET MiG INTACT; Red Airman Claims $100,000 Bounty" with subhead. (see images)
Complete with 44 pages, light toning at the margins, small library stamp within the masthead, some small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

wikipedia notes: Operation Moolah was a United States Air Force (USAF) effort during the Korean War to obtain through defection a fully capable Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter. Communist forces introduced the MiG-15 to Korea on November 1, 1950. USAF pilots reported that the performance of the MiG-15 was superior to all United Nations aircraft, including the USAF's newest plane, the F-86 Sabre. The operation focused on influencing Communist pilots to defect to South Korea with a MiG for a financial reward. The success of the operation is disputable since no Communist pilot defected before the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. However, on September 21, 1953, North Korean pilot Lieutenant No Kum-Sok flew his MiG-15 to the Kimpo Air Base, South Korea, unaware of Operation Moolah.

Category: The 20th Century