The Korean War

From the Centennial of Flight

Korea Map

Map of the Korean Conflict, 1950-1953.

B-29 dropping bombs

B-29 Superfortress of the Far East Air Forces 19th Bomber Group on its 150th combat mission since the start of the Korean war.

KC-10 on runway

A unique aspect of the Korean War was the Pacific Airlift, the longest aerial supply line in history. Each day more than 100 tons of emergency items, including major airplane parts, were flown from the U.S. to Japan for trans-shipment to the fighting units. On their return flights to the States, the cargo planes carried seriously sick and wounded men, reducing to a matter of hours a trip that ocean vessels required weeks to complete. This photo shows a C-124 of the Pacific aerial pipeline unloading its cargo in Japan some time in 1952.

B-29 dropping bombs on North Korea

Tons of bombs fall from B-29s onto North Korean industrial targets.

F-82G that scored first air-to-air victory in Korea

F-82G flown by Lt’s Hudson and Fraser to score the first air-to-air victory of the Korean War on June 27, 1950.

F80s in flight

F-80Cs of the 8th Fighter-Bomber Group.

Korea was one of the countries that the Soviet Union and the United States, World War II allies, jointly occupied at the end of the war. A nation that had been ravaged by decades of Japanese invasion and occupation, Korea was divided in half along the 38th parallel (38