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Final mission for fighter jets (Photo Gallery & Video)

Empire State Aerosciences Museum acquires three planes from Intrepid

Photo by John Purcell.

— The F-3D-2 Douglas Skynight was flown by the United States Marine Core in the Korean Conflict in support of the United States Air Force B-29 bomber. It was entered into service in 1952 and was equipped with one of the first airborne search radars, which allowed enemy aircraft to be spotted at night. The plane had a top speed of 600 mph, and was equipped with four 20mm cannons.

The Skyknight acquired by ESAM was flown from the General Electric Flight Test Center, located at the site of ESAM, where it was used for tests on airborne radar developed for the Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

The Russian designed MIG-15 was flown by the North Koreans and is painted in the period’s color scheme. Over 18,000 models of the plane were built and third world countries are still flying later versions.

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