Posted 5 years ago
This souvenir coffee mug belonged to a member of the 51st Fighter Wing during the Korean War era.
The mug is marked to "Smilin Jack" a member of the "JATO Shop". Jet Assisted Take Offs were common in this era. Rockets were used to assist heavy jets during short strip take offs. I love the cartoon character riding the rocket while using a lighter to ignite!
The other side of the mug has the "diary" information showing this particular members service was 1949- 1951. The Wing served in Okinawa, Korea and Japan.
During the Korean War, the 51st flew the F-80 "Shooting Star" as well as the F-86 "Sabre".
The 51st had a very impressive Korean War record. It's pilots flew over 45,000 sorties and destroyed 312 MIG-15s. In addition, the famous jet ace Joseph McConnell (16 aerial kills) as well as 13 other aces served in the 51st.
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