The Korean War

By Connor Johnson and Domenick Riggio


After WWII the Pacific nation of Korea was in a power vacuum after being relieved from Japanese rule. Between the Soviet Russians and the U.S the nation was separated at the 38 parallel virtually dividing the nation in half. This allocation cause an immense amount of tension between them, this tension would break very quickly. In only 5 years after the end of WWII The Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( North Korea ) would send a portion of there military across the 38th parallel before daybreak on July 25, 1950, committing an act of war against The Republic of Korea (South Korea). And in doing so, started the Korean War.

New Technologies

The Air War

In the years of WWII, Jet aircraft had been introduced to the world. However it wouldn't be until the Korean war broke out in 1950, that Jet aircraft would have a central role in aviation combat. The USSR supplied North Koreans, and the UN supplied South Koreans would be the first to engage in Jet combat.

Supplied Jet Fighters:


  1. Mig15-bis


  1. F80c-Shooting Star (USAF)
  2. F86-a5 Sabre (USAF)
  3. Gloster Meteor (RAAF)

Roles of the war

North Korean and USSR Pilots

  • Targeted B-29 bomber formation and intercepted ground attack fighter bombers.

South Korean and UN Pilots

  • Tasked with supporting bomber formations, and engaging Mig's in combat.


USSR Aircraft:

- 792 Mig-15's and 108 other aircraft (La-9's, Yak-9p's) destroyed

UN Aircraft

- 211 Sabres and 277 F-80c's destroyed.

Ratio of Mig-15's to F86-a5 Sabres shot down is 10:1.

Impact on the Decade

First time where jets played a central role in a war and revolutionized Arial combat allowing for the enhanced protection as well as hunting of bomber formations. This combat was also the first time where Jets flew against other jets in combat, providing essential information on the performance of these aircraft and allowing for new research to be launched.

Impact on Today and Solutions for the Future

This increase in aviation technology as well as wireless communication has become the transportation and communication systems we use today. The advancement in efficiency, mobility, and practicality led to the common commercial airlines used about 100,000 times per day right now. The bettering of communication devices led to the cellphone that approximately 75% of people have with them at all times. So the world of comfortably and luxury that a large percentage of us get to experience on a daily basis, are all due to the advancements made for the purpose of victory and safety.

Since the War was not one by either side this war is bound to emerge at some point in the future, and unless there is an agreement made beforehand... then the bloodshed and insane ideologies will continue.


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