Sputnik Escalates the Cold War
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Surrendered MiG-15 aircraft



During the Korean War, U.S. Operation MOOLAH offered $100,000 and political asylum to the first communist pilot to defect with an undamaged MiG-15. The United States wanted the Soviet-built aircraft for assessment and evaluation. Shown here is the MiG-15 flown by North Korean defector pilot Lieutenant No Kum Sok to Kimpo Airfield in South Korea on 21 September 1953. He claimed that he had not been aware of the financial incentive.

[National Archives and Records Administration]

 

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