The renowned combat hero Wang Hai drove this grey-colored No. 079 MiG-15 fighter in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. The nine red stars on the fighter show Wang Hai’s brilliant performance in the war.
MiG-15 was successfully developed by Mikoyan-Gurevich in 1946 based on MiG-9 fighter. MiG-15 measures 10.1 meters long and 3.6 tons in empty weight. The top speed is 1,070km/h. The flight altitude is 15.5 kilometers. It is equipped with one H-37 37mm airborne cannon and two HC-23KM 23mm airborne cannons, with 200 shells. The fighter may carry bombs with it on the under-wing pylons. It could also make aero-reconnaissance or take aerial photos if equipped with cameras instead of airborne cannons in the gun bay. With its performances, MiG-15 proved to be the best of the first-generation jet fighters after the Second World War. The Americans used to call it “an absolute weapon”.
Wang Hai was among Chinese first-generation pilots after the People’s Republic of China was founded. Wang joined the air force of the Chinese People’s Volunteers to fight in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea in the early 1950s.
During the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, Wang Hai’s brigade went twice to Korea, bringing down and damaging 29 enemy planes in over 80 air operations. They made the record of the air force of the Chinese People’s Volunteers in annihilating enemies and gained a First-class Collective Award of Merit. The brigade was thus known as “Wang Hai’s Heroic Brigade”. Wang Hai was awarded with the Special- and First-class Awards of Merit, as well as the title of “First-class Combat Hero of the Chinese People’s Volunteers”. All members of Wang Hai’s brigade won honor in war, with each plane painted with red stars. Wang Hai drove his fighter to bring down and damage nine enemy planes, so his fighter was painted with nine red stars.