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Old Korean War propaganda film playing on UTube : Lots of great shots of Migs!

August 12 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Imagine "The Hunters" from the viewpoint of Communist Chinese.

I don't have the link, because the full length feature is in YouTube segments. Just type in "Korean War Chinese Jet Dogfight" and look for a black and white dramatic movie.

It appears to be a film from the 1954-55 era. I think I've spotted a Mig-17 or two, and that suggests post 1954 in China.

The story line is that a group of Chinese aviators volunteer to fight in Korea. Their objective is to kill the villain, a "Captain McKay" who flys a Sabre for the USAF. "McKay" typically escorts a group of bombers, which are actually models of F-84's, F9F's, F-94's and B-26's.

The most interesting aspect of the production, by far, is the in-theatre/real life shots of Mig-15's in their Chinese livery, at what appears to be Chinese airfields. If the production team did nothing ot the Migs, after the war, all PLAAF Migs were devoid of markings. This film shows Chinese script on the side of the Migs, no insignia, no unit markings. Just propaganda slogans on the fuselage. Although the airfields are sanitized of all other aircraft, we do get a glimpse of Po-2 in one air to air shot.

Of course it is always alarming to see the ridiculus distortions, falsehoods, and outright lies about the American airmen and their mission. They are universally unattractive, gum-chewing, ciggie smoking lay-abouts and drunks, with girly pics above their bunks, and no other talent save for flying bomb trucks. They speak of plans to take over all of Korea, and the world. They are in cahoots with evil South Korean pilots who fly the B-26's. They bomb civilian targets and go after medical supply caravans and ambulances.

It's still a great film; a time-capsule of the PLAAF. An absolute gold mine for Korean War afficiandos who want to see all the variations of markings of that forgotten war.

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