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Pilot History
North Korean pilot Lt. No Kum-sok (No Kum So) defected to South Korea. After defecting, he did a press conference in Seoul and later came to the United States changed his name to "Kenneth H. Rowe". On Apil 27, 1954 Sok was give a check for $100,000 USD as a reward to bring MiG-15 to South Korea. He became a U.S. citizen in 1962. He graduated from the University of Delaware, was joined by his mother and later married. He worked as an aviation engineer for Grumman, Boeing, Pan Am, General Dynamics, General Motors, General Electric, Lockheed, DuPont, and Westinghouse.

Aircraft History
Built by Mikoyan–Gurevich. Assigned to the Korean People's Air Force (KPAF). This aircraft had a natural metal finish with squadron number 2057. Below the gunsight on Lt. No's MiG-15 was the following admonition painted in red Korean characters: "Pour out and zero in this vindictive ammunition to the damn Yankees."

Korean War History
During April 1953, U.N. forces began distributing propaganda leaflets encouraging any Communist pilots to defect with their jet fighter to South Korea with the story of Polish aviator Franciszek Jarecki, who defected with his MiG-15.

On September 21, 1953 pilot No Kum-sok defected across the border and landed at Kimpo Air Base (K-14). This first U.N. personel to reach the aircraft after it landed was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Flight Lt. Norm Williams, operations officer from 77 Squadron.

Afterwards, this aircraft was transported to Okinawa and later shipped to the United States to Wright Field. First flown by test pilot Captain Tom Collins and later test flights were made by Major Chuck Yeager. Next, during December 1953 disassembled and airlifted to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where it was reassembled and flight tested. After exhaustive testing, the United States then offered to return the airplane to its "rightful owners" but there was no response to this offer from North Korea, China or the Soviet Union.

During November 1957 it was transferred to the United States Air Force Museum (USAF Museum) for public exhibition. The $100,000 check dated April 27, 1954 given to No Kum-Sok is displayed at the USAF Museum, with his signature on the back.

References
National Museum of the US Air Force - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15Bis
Propaganda leaflet command report (1-30 April 1953), 1st Radio Broadcasting & Leaflet Group, 8239th Army Unit Headquarters, Camp Tokyo, Far East Command. Record Group 407, E. 429, AYUT 8239; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

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January 31, 2018

 

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