L/E of 850
S/N by the Artist & One Pilot
Image Size: 25" x 19"
Paper Size: 31.5" x 21"
Plane Type:F-86 Super Sabre
With talk of an armistice only weeks away, F-86 pilot Ralph Parr was
afraid that the Korean War would be over before he would get into air
combat. Flying a routine patrol over the Yalu, Parr spotted a glint of
light low against the ground and suspected enemy aircraft. Rolling
into a Split-S, Parr dove his F-86F down from 41,000 feet and closed
rapidly on the suspicious image. Soon he saw four MiG-15s right in
front of him, but a quick look left and right revealed that there was
really a total of 16 enemy aircraft. Not one to miss an opportunity,
Parr engaged the closest aircraft and was immediately in a boiling
dogfight right on the deck. After destroying two Migs and damaging
another the remaining aircraft fled for the North. Ralph Parr
finished the Korean War a double ace, shooting down ten enemy
aircraft in just 30 missions over five weeks.
Personally autographed by Col. Ralph S. Parr.
SHOOTER'S ODDS by ROSS BUCKLAND (F-86 Sabre)@virginiabaderfinearts