Sabrejet Down over Korea

Down Over Korea

This tricky painting shows the traumatic ejection of Mike DeArmond from his F-86E Sabre near the Yalu River on April 21, 1952. Flying with the 335th FS, Mike was shot down by MiG-15s and managed to eject at about 600mph in a dive, just before the plane blew apart. He was sent spinning head over heels backwards, his limbs locked out by the centrifugal force, but managed eventually to open his chute. He survived his injuries and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Commissioned by Brig Gen DeArmond(ret).

---August 2008---