National Geographic : 1957 Aug
+ Shooting Star Scrapes the Trees to Deliver Fire Bombs in Korea So swift are advances of the jet age that planes may become obsolescent after relatively brief operational service. The Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, America's first combat jet, proved too slow as a fighter in Korea. Pilots used it for ground support. This remarkable photograph shows an F-80 sweeping at smokestack level to drop a tank of napalm, or jellied gasoline, on a supply dump at Suan. Glowing anti aircraft shell (left) trails a thin line of smoke. U. S. Air Force, Ofticial + F-86 Sabrejets Prowl for Game High Above Korea's Mountains Beginning in 1950, the U. S. matched its North Amer ican jet against Russia's best fighter, the MIG-15, win ning a 14-to-1 score in kills. These F-86's bear tail markings of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing. + Dartlike Lockheed F-104A Starfighters, reputedly the world's fastest fighter planes, fly close formation with 22-foot wings mere yards apart. Stabilizers perch high on tails for precise control at supersonic speeds.