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Robinson "Robby" Risner's encounter on "Dog Fights" was with a Russian

January 13 2018 at 7:55 AM

Bryant  (Login 86Sabreboy1)
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Response to I had always heard the Russian jet pilots...

I saw the History Channel's Dog Fight's episode that addresses Risner's encounter over Antung. I don't recall if the show mentions that the MiG pilot was Russian or not. However, I know for a fact that the pilot was Russian because my father flew in the 4th FIW, 336th FIS with Risner. When Risner became operations officer he assigned his F-86 "Ohio Mike" to my dad often. I've seen my dad's log book and know this to be true.

In any case Risner confirmed that he saw a pilot with red hair and goatee beard when the two flew along side each other. Risner had blown the MiG's canopy off already and the pilot's helmet along with it. He even shook his fist at Risner as they looked at each other.

As for radar control,,,both sides had rader capable of vectoring their pilots into potential engagements. The US held Chodo Island for most of the war and had radar to vector pilots accordingly.

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