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Grissom: Pilot Gallery


Overall view of the "Grissom: Fighter Pilot" display.

The sign in back reads

Grissom: Fighter Pilot

At the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel. North Korea was supported by the Soviet Union, South Korea by the United States. This uneasy agreement fell apart on July 25, 1950 when Communist North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea. The Soviet Union and the United States responded with military forces.

At this time, air technology was moving from propeller planes to jets. Initially, the United States Air Force held superiority in air battles using propeller planes. The Soviets then unveiled their newest fighter, the MIG-15 jet. Flying more than 100 miles an hour faster than the fastest propeller plane, the Soviets immediately took complete control of the air.

To meet the challenge, the United States released its newest jet, the North American F-86 Sabre. One of the first pilots to fly it was Gus Grissom.

A tour of duty for a fighter pilot required 100 missions. On his second mission, Grissom was fired upon by a MIG. Soon after, he received a Distinguished Flying Cross for "superlative airmanship." With six months, he had completed his 100 missions and returned to the United States.

"For a moment I couldn't figure out what those little red things were going by. Then I realized I was being shot at."     - Gus Grissom

Grissom: Fighter Pilot (Korean War) exhibit in Grissom Memorial in Mitchell Indiana
Time picture taken Sun Nov 15 09:57:16 2015
Location picture taken Korean War/Aviation Gallery
Grissom Memorial
Spring Mill State Park
Mitchell, Indiana
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