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Pilot Aces of the East


“The experience of war makes it possible to make such a conclusion. Each regiment had about 5, a maximum - 7 pilots who shot down much more than others in aerial combat (they accounted for about half of all enemy planes shot down) "

- G. Zimin. “Tactics in Combat Examples: Fighter aviation division".

The phenomenon of the appearance of aces-pilots remains the greatest mystery in stories combat aircraft. Professional intuition, piloting skills and a keen eye. The usual luck or the result of the accumulation of combat experience in exhausting battles with the enemy? Science does not know the exact recipe for success.

Such people were born in different countries at different times. And, every time, they turned out to be among the rare "lucky ones" that brought half of the air victories of the squadron (regiment, division - while changing the scale, the proportions remain).

The East is a delicate matter, said Comrade Sukhov. And he was absolutely right: the mores of the inhabitants of the Muslim East are fundamentally different from the norms adopted in European Christian society. Different stories, other ways of civilization development.

The great past of Central Asia has dissolved in time - for the past several centuries, this region has objectively inferior to Europe in economic, industrial and scientific development. The immigrants from the peoples of the Caucasus and Central Asia entrenched a stable status of "guest workers", "ethnic bandyuk" and "lazy merchants apricot." Completely unsuitable for controlling such complex and expensive equipment as a combat aircraft.

But is it really?

Amet Khan Sultan

Amet Khan Sultan (October 25 1920 - 1 February 1971) - military pilot, lieutenant colonel (1957), Honored Test Pilot of the USSR (1961), twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1943, 1945). Born in Crimea, in Alupka. Father - Dagestan. Mother - Crimean Tatar.

Included in the number of 50 most successful Soviet fighter pilots of the Great Patriotic War. One of the five Soviet aces who managed to overcome the bar in 600 sorties (along with A. Alelyukhin, A. Pokryshkin, N. Skomorokhov and L. Shestakov).

Pilot Aces of the East

During the war years, Amet-Khan Sultan made 603 combat sorties, conducted 150 air battles, carried out 70 sorties to attack enemy ground forces. Personally scored 30 air victories and shot down 19 enemy aircraft in the group.

It is considered the leader in the extermination of Xe-111 (seven downed bombers of this type). It is worth noting that from the middle of 1943, the Heinkel carried reinforced defensive armament: the rear hemisphere was covered by 4 firing points, which made its interception a deadly task.

During the war years, a talented pilot mastered several types of fighters: the domestic I-153, Yak-1, Yak-7B, foreign Hurricane and Bell Aircorb. Victory Amet Khan Sultan met on the most powerful La 7. In total, during the flight work as a military pilot and test pilot, he mastered about 100 types of aircraft, with a total raid of 4237 hours!

Like many aces (the same German G. Barkhorn), Amet Khan began his career no matter: in the first year of the war, he never managed to shoot down a single enemy plane. He won his first air victory on 31 on May 1942 of the year under very unusual circumstances: he caught up with the reconnaissance Junkers at maximum height, shot all the ammunition, and then rammed the enemy, striking him from below with his left wing.

The strongest blow crumpled the lantern and for a moment stunned the pilot. Amet Khan regained consciousness from shaking and a deafening whistle - burning Yu-88 went to the ground, hooking his “Hurricane” with it. Thick smoke blanketed the cabin, gasping for lack of air. At the moment of mortal danger, consciousness prompted the only true thought: "Jump!" With a quick movement, he unfastened his seat belts and rushed out of the cab - and stopped in horror. The cabin of his fighter covered with the right wing of the "Junkers", the exit was blocked. At the cost of incredible physical efforts, Amet-khan managed to push his plane away (!) And safely get out of the fire trap.

Fighter La-7 Amet-Khan Sultan with the legendary eagle from Mount Ai-Petri

With each departure, the flight, tactical and shooting skills of the pilot grew, the number of victories grew and self-confidence strengthened. In the fall of 1942, he assumed the position of commander of the 3 squadron of the 9-iap, one of the best fighter units of the Red Army air force. As part of his regiment, Amet Khan defended Stalingrad, took part in the liberation of Rostov-on-Don, the Kuban and the Crimea, fought in East Prussia, participated in the capture of Berlin. Major Amet-khan Sultan, his last airborne victory, won 29 on April 1945 of the year, knocking down the FW-190 fighter over the Tempelhof airfield in Berlin.

The famous pilot died in the 1971 year, during the tests of the flying laboratory of the Tu-16LL.

Talgat Yakubekovich Begeldinov

Soviet attack pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, the record for the number of sorties on the IL-2 and the number of enemy aircraft shot down on it.

In the tactical leadership of the Luftwaffe pilots, a categorical ban was imposed on the Il-2 attack from the front hemisphere. There is no need to even try to get Ilu "in the forehead" - an armored attack aircraft with 23 mm guns and ShKAS machine guns will sweep away any target in its path with fire.

Firepower and booking - these are the advantages of his plane brilliantly owned by Talgat Begeldinov. In his hands, the slow and clumsy "IL" turned into a mighty flying fortress, able to stand up for themselves in air combat with any "Messerschmitt." The command trusted the young pilot so much that he often let him go on missions without fighter cover.

Talgat Yakubekovich Begeldinov was born on August 5 on 1922 in the village of Maybalik, Akmola region, in the Kazakh SSR in a peasant family. By nationality - Kazakh.

In 1940, he entered the Balashov military aviation school of pilots, then transferred to the Chkalovsk military aviation school in the city of Orenburg, which he graduated from in 1942 year.

On the fronts of World War II from January 1943. He flew in the squadron of the Hero of the Soviet Union S. P. Poshivalnikov. Soon he became his deputy.

October 26 1944 of the Guardian Senior Lieutenant Begeldinov Talgat Yakubekovich for bravery and combat skills shown during the liberation of the cities of Znamenka, Kirovograd, for the 4 aircraft personally shot down in aerial battles awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

The second Gold Star medal of the guard, Captain Begeldinov Talgat Yakubekovich, was awarded 27 June 1945 for his skilful leadership of the squadron and combat exploits when storming the enemy forces and equipment in the battles for the city of Krakow, Oppeln (now Opole), Katowice, in the case of a brace, Brace, Bresla, which is used in the battle for the city of Krakow, Oppeln (now Opole). and Berlin.

In total, over the two years of the war, T. Ya. Begeldinov made 305 combat missions to attack manpower and equipment, simultaneously shooting down enemy aircraft in 7 air battles.

Ghulam Mustafa Khan

The air forces of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan were notorious among Soviet military pilots. The Afghan pilots came from noble Pashtun and Tajik families - therefore, they considered themselves absolute kings in the air and did not pay attention to various prescriptions and instructions. They flew little and reluctantly, with mandatory, prescribed by the Quran, weekends on Fridays. They preferred to drop bombs at random - and quickly returned to the base. Of course, one could not pay attention to such petty pranks of the “allies”, if they did not regularly hijack aircraft in Pakistan and did not “merge” information about the upcoming operations to the field commanders of the Mujahideen.

However, even in this gathering of mediocrity, parasites and traitors there were truly dedicated to the sky pilots who were ready to fulfill their duty to the end. That was Ghulam Mustafa Khan (1953-1994) - deputy. 355 th commander apib Air Force DRA.

Ghulam Mustafa Khan (right) during training in the Soviet Union

Having received a brilliant flight training in the USSR, Mustafa returned to his homeland, where he was enlisted in the Afghan fighter-bomber air regiment at Bagram airbase. Already at the stage of formation, the young pilot was distinguished by good piloting skills, technical literacy, and moral and volitional qualities. By 1987, Mustafa was the only pilot from the entire regiment who was allowed to fly at night and in adverse weather conditions.

In the same year there was a tragedy - the Mujahideen slaughtered the family of Mustafa. From now on, the pilot's fury knew no bounds - Mustafa Ghulam made several combat sorties every day, dropping tons of bombs on the Afghan mountains and ravines. During the fights for Jellalabad, he literally did not get out of the cockpit of his Su-22 (export version of the Su-17), flying with a maximum load for the person. By 10-11 departures per day!

During one of the sorties, Mustafa was shot down, his spine was injured. After prolonged treatment, he received the rank of general and was presented to the award “Hero of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan”. But even after moving to a staff position, he could not leave the fighter steering wheel. During the attempted military coup of 6 in March of 1990, when part of the army units rebelled against the government of Najibullah, General Mustafa personally led the operation against the Bagram airbase, which had sided with the rebels. Taking off at the head of the group from the airfield near the town of Mazar-i-Sharif (obviously, with AB Shindad), he bombed the Bagram runway, thereby prejudging the outcome of the uprising. For which he was re-submitted to the highest award of the Republic of Afghanistan.

Death found a hero during one of the sorties to bomb the positions of the Taliban. 30 January 1994 The “Drying” of General Mustafa was intercepted by the Islamic State of Afghanistan Air Force MiG-21 fighter - the plane crashed in the mountains northwest of the Salang Pass.

The crash site and the remains of a brave pilot were accidentally discovered in 2009 and reburied in Kabul with all military honors.

Jilil Zandi

Sniper of the Persian sky, considered one of the most successful fighter pilots of the jet era. The world's best heavyweight F-14 interceptor. The original “Top Gun” - unlike the showy Maverick, who was successfully played on the screen by T. Cruz.

The life and career of this ace is worthy of a tough Hollywood blockbuster - with sharp turns of plots, deafening failures and bright victories.

Jalil Zandi came to aviation during the Shah’s reign, when Iran was still a secular state and maintained friendly relations with the West (this is about the appearance of the latest F-14 fighters in Iran). With the change of regime, Zandi started in trouble - not fully realizing the seriousness of his act, he openly opposed the excessive Islamization of the Iranian Air Force. For which he immediately went to the tribunal - The Guards of the Islamic Revolution issued a heretic hard verdict: 10 years in prison. Parting with your favorite heaven, prison dungeons, five-time prayer - from such News Zandi completely lost heart and began to fasten the tourniquet from the sheet to the hook on the ceiling. It was literally a miracle that saved - all the co-workers stood up for the budding pilot.

Six months later, Zandi was released from prison and again fell into the inferno. A brutal Iran-Iraq war broke out in the region, killing almost half a million people on each side in the next 8 years. The tragic events became Jalil Zandi's “high point” - while flying the F-14 supersonic interceptor, he managed to write 11 air victories into his account! According to official data, among the Zandi trophies are three fighter-bomber "Mirage" F1, a pair of Su-22, a pair of MiG-21 and four MiG-23.

Of course, when it comes to casualties in a war, all the data presented have a certain shade of improbability - state propaganda tends to inflate the losses of the enemy and underestimate losses on its part. It is possible that part of the victories were attributed to Zandi at the request of the higher leadership. The pilot himself spoke only about 9 victories, of which only 6 - 8 were reliably confirmed. But, in any case, this is an incredible amount in the era of modern jet aircraft.

Good luck left the pilot in February 1988 of the year - in an air battle, his unbeaten Tomkat was shot down by the Iraqi Mirage F1. The crew managed to successfully eject.

Jilil Zandi managed to safely survive the Iran-Iraq war and reach the rank of brigadier general. The celebrated ace pilot died tragically in a car crash in 2001.

Pilots of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the backdrop of the F-14 "Tomkat"

Based on:
V. Markovskiy “Hot Sky of Afghanistan”
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  1. ramin_serg
    ramin_serg 4 March 2014 09: 09
    I read a very good article with interest in one go
    1. elmi
      elmi 4 March 2014 13: 16
      It turns out that, along with heroism, the quality of equipment was checked in combat conditions, and so, despite the free help to the allies, the USSR could actually see and verify the strengths and weaknesses of equipment without jeopardizing the lives of its military personnel.
      1. Vovka levka
        Vovka levka 4 March 2014 17: 02
        Quote: elmi
        It turns out that, along with heroism, the quality of equipment was checked in combat conditions, and so, despite the free help to the allies, the USSR could actually see and verify the strengths and weaknesses of equipment without jeopardizing the lives of its military personnel.

        Experts of the USSR Air Force did not have any illusions about the real state and quality of aviation equipment compared to a likely enemy. But the fact that many things were silent, which did not caress the ear is another matter.
    2. Su24
      Su24 4 March 2014 16: 47
      For which he immediately went to the tribunal - The Guards of the Islamic Revolution issued a heretic hard verdict: 10 years in prison. Parting with your beloved sky, prison dungeons, a five-time prayer - from such news, Zandi completely lost heart and began to fasten the tourniquet from the sheet to the hook on the ceiling.

      Yeah, especially, apparently, prayer was unbearable. Bravo, author!
    3. Vovka levka
      Vovka levka 4 March 2014 16: 56
      Quote: ramin_serg
      I read a very good article with interest in one go

      On my own behalf I will say that during the times of the USSR, the training of ordinary Syrian pilots was very strong. What they did in the sky, ours from the combat units did not even dream of. This, of course, was not due to the fact that ours were bad, but to the fact that they were tightly sandwiched with rules and instructions to avoid accidents.
      1. Kasym
        Kasym 5 March 2014 03: 46
        Vovka Levka. This is not true . I served at the training ground, which served foreign cadets, allies in the CMEA. I noticed that the indicators are better for those foreigners who have a good education (Eastern European countries). For example, cadets from Africa were the most "unteachable". It got to the point that instead of the prescribed time, they were trained 2 times longer.
        THANKS TO OLEG KAPTSOV. Recently there was a discussion of one topic, where one "dude" said that there are no flyers among Muslims. And here is the answer to such "dudes". THANKS AGAIN .
  2. drop
    drop 4 March 2014 09: 17
    Legendary people. This is our pride and those countries with which we were friends. There is no data on the heroes of the Cubans, who scared the South African pilots during the war in Angola. I have the honor.
    1. Leisure
      Leisure 4 March 2014 09: 34
      And about the pilots of India and Pakistan.
      1. saturn.mmm
        saturn.mmm 4 March 2014 16: 10
        Quote: Lazer
        And about the pilots of India and Pakistan.

        So is Korea and Vietnam
      2. sivuch
        sivuch 4 March 2014 18: 03
        Among the Pakistanis, the most famous pilot was Seful Azam. He participated in the Indo-Pakistani War and the Six Day War of 1967 (as part of the Jordanian Air Force, on Hunter), up to 6 victories
        1. badger1974
          badger1974 4 March 2014 22: 11
          Azam did not confirm air victories, but Indians recognized damaged planes in ground attacks during attacks on Indian airfields
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    3. Lissyara
      Lissyara 4 March 2014 11: 21
      And where does Cuba and Africa? It seems to be about pilots of the East.
  3. pulemetchik_39
    pulemetchik_39 4 March 2014 09: 31
    And it would be interesting to read about the Yuarovites themselves, after all, they used to be strong fighters — I mean, before the fall of apartheid.
    1. Santa Fe
      4 March 2014 10: 43
      Quote: Drop
      There is no data on the heroes of the Cubans, who scared the South African pilots during the war in Angola.

      Quote: pulemetchik_39
      And it would be interesting to read about the Yuarovites themselves, after all, they used to be strong fighters — I mean, before the fall of apartheid.

      The Cubans turned out to be full of lolas - the Yuarists on the Impala (light armored attack aircraft based on the TCB) shot down the Mi-24 formation and left for WWI from the MIGs controlled by the "Cuban hero pilots"
      1. Roman 1977
        Roman 1977 4 March 2014 13: 11
        Oleg, you're wrong ...
        MiG-23MF, piloted by Cuban pilots, took part in several skirmishes with South African Mirage F-1 fighters in 1987-1988. In early 1987, one Mirage F.1AZ was shot down over the northern regions of Namibia. A few months later, another fighter of this type in an air battle with a MiG-23 was hit by an R-60M missile.

        South African Mirage F1AZ shot down by Cuban MiG-23
        His pilot managed to reach the border and escape, but the plane was lost. In addition to these aircraft, the Cubans also shot down a South African Mirage III fighter, an Impala attack aircraft and a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

        MiG-23MF with Angolan markings
        The Angolan-Cuban Air Force, replenished with the "twenty-third", were able to conquer and maintain air supremacy. In proof of this, journalists were shown clear inscriptions in Afrikaans of the MiG-23 destroyed by the MiG-23 planes "MIK23 sak van die kart" (translation "These MiG-XNUMXs hit us right in the heart ") left by South African troops on the wall of the Ruacana-Kalueke dam.
        1. sivuch
          sivuch 4 March 2014 13: 56
          Roman, do you still quote Zhirokhov?
          So, there were Cuban MLs in Angola, if you want to look for the flight numbers, the pilots were called Mr. Rivas and senior engineer Gondin, and a detailed analysis of the spans is described here

          Subject: MiG-23 vs F-4 and MiG-21
          As you probably understood, Igor_K is me
          1. Roman 1977
            Roman 1977 4 March 2014 15: 14
            Igor is not only Zhirokhova, or you will deny the loss of South Africans from the actions of the Cuban Air Force:
            Arab aces:
            A. El Gar flew on the MiG-21-5,5 victories (1 joint), of which 5 F-4, 1 Nesher (3 F-4 (1 joint) and 1 Nesher confirmed)
            B. Hamshu flew on MiG-21-5 victories, of which: 3 A-4, 1 F-4 and 1 Mirage III are confirmed
            M. Mansour, flew on the MiG-21- 5 victories, of which: 3 Mirage III, 1 Nesher, 1 F-4 (2 Mirage III and 1 F-4 confirmed)

            MiG-21 Syrian Air Force
            Mohamed Ryan, flew on the MiG-21 and MiG-25-10 victories, of which 2 victories on the MiG-21 (F-5 Tiger II); 8 victories on the MiG-25, (including 6 confirmed including 3 F-4, Gulfstream III). In 1986, after receiving the rank of colonel, Ryan was shot down and killed in an air battle with Iranian either F-14 or F-5;
            Omar Goben, flew on MiG-23-12 victories, of which 1 — 4 confirmed (0-3 F-5, 1 Fokker F27);
            Ali Sabah, flew on the MiG-23 and Mirage F1.- 6 victories, of which 3 victories are confirmed, including 1 F-14A.

            Iraqi Air Force fighters (top to bottom): MiG-25, MiG-23ML, MiG-21, Mirage F1EQ
            Egyptian aces:
            Ali Vajay, flew on MiG 21- 6 victories: 2 in 1970 year and 4 in 1973 year.
            Ahmed Atef, flew on MiG-21- 5 victories.
            Sami Marey, flew on the MiG-21-5 victories between 1966 and 1968 years. Killed 26 February 1970 year.
            Samir Aziz Mikhail, flew on the MiG-21-5 victories.
            Hussein Sami, flew on MiG 21- 5 victories.
            1. sivuch
              sivuch 4 March 2014 17: 57
              First of all, you didn’t understand the novel, I wanted to say that there were MLs in Angola, not MF.
              Secondly, I personally do not deny or affirm anything. The South Africans deny and the link I presented essentially says the same thing: that the Cubans, having received the MiG-23, seized dominance in the air - there is such a thing. nimble Major Rankin was especially distinguished - he claims to have 3-4 victories. In principle, the matter is not in the number of those shot down, everything is muddy here, but in the fact that the Cuban Air Force managed to maintain its ground units and make it difficult if they did not completely block the enemy’s supply. the most striking episode for the Mig-23s, in my opinion, is not the downing of A. Persie, but bombing of the dam of the hydroelectric power station on the Kunene river. The consequences were strategic.
              I don’t want to write about II war yet, although, believe me, I was engaged in it quite tightly. Just a man appeared who introduced himself as an Iraqi from the former Air Force and promised to throw information. Let's see.
              For now, I’ll just say that the MiG-23 from your picture corresponds to the period after the Storm in a 1991 glass.
              1. Roman 1977
                Roman 1977 4 March 2014 18: 35
                Quote: sivuch
                First of all, you didn’t understand the novel, I wanted to say that there were MLs in Angola, not MF.

                Well, here I agree with you, and I admit my mistake, it really could be MiG-23ML.
                In the mid-80's, approximately fifty MiG-23ML were sent by Castro in support of the contingent here. The main objective was the attack, but in the 1987-88, during the battle around Kuito Kuanavale, MiGs were used as fighters in the fight against South Africans.


                Quote: sivuch
                Prior to this, the southerners dominated, the nimble Major Rankin was especially distinguished - he claims to win 3-4.

                Do not say too much to an honest person. bully Rankin has two shot down for sure and one supposedly. 6 November 1981 MiG-21MF fighter piloted by Cuban pilot Lieutenant Danasio Valdes. November 5 1982 of the year 2 MiG-21bis piloted by Cuban pilots lieutenants Rachel Morrero Rodriguez (presenter) and Gilberto Ortiz Peres (led). Both aircraft received significant damage, but managed to perform an emergency landing in Lubango.

                So, at the output we have 1 MiG-21MF-shot down (confirmed by both parties) and 2 MiG-21bis-damaged (according to South Africa, one is shot down exactly, the other is presumably). Although I do not dispute the fact that Major Johan Rankin of the 3 air force of the South African Air Force is well done. good
                Quote: sivuch
                In principle, the point is not the number of shot down, everything is cloudy, but the fact that the Cuban Air Force managed to maintain its ground units and make it difficult if the supply to the enemy was not completely cut off. And the most striking episode for Mig-23's, in my opinion, This is not the downing of A.Persi, but the bombing of the dam of the hydroelectric power station on the Kunene River. The consequences were strategic.

                I cannot say anything about the actions of the IBA in the conflict, because I was not interested in the topic, although of course I would like to know about the combat use of Su-25 in Angola.
                Quote: sivuch
                I don’t want to write about II war yet, although, believe me, I was engaged in it quite tightly. Just a man appeared who introduced himself as an Iraqi from the former Air Force and promised to throw up information. Let's see. As long as I say that Mig-23 from your picture corresponds to the period after Storm in a glass of 1991 of the year.

                There are a lot of incomprehensible things about the Iran-Iraq war, especially with regard to the use by the Iraqis of Tu-22, Tu-16 and MiG-25. On the losses of the sides, I tried to read Cooper, but he extols the Iranian "Tomkats", although in fact the fighter itself in the American Air Force did not show itself in anything special, unless of course we do not count the downing of 2 Libyan Su-22s in 1981 and 2 MiG-23s in 1989 However, our advisers assert, and I agree with them, that the Libyans, especially, were not eager to fight and the Americans shot them down just to excuse them. They were no longer victorious during Desert Storm and other conflicts.
        2. supertiger21
          supertiger21 4 March 2014 16: 49
          Great Roman, the photos are impressive! Air battles over Angola are one of the few where peers opposed the MiGam-23. In most other conflicts, the 23rd had to fight with 4th-generation aircraft: F-14, F-15 and F -16, which excelled him in maneuverability and avionics.
  4. redcod
    redcod 4 March 2014 10: 09
    I personally greeted Talgat Yakubekovich when he came with all WWII veterans to the parade. Cool grandfather. My daughter, then she was still small, picked up and blessed (bata byrd). Long life to him.
  5. muginov2015
    muginov2015 4 March 2014 10: 17
    great article! I learned a lot for myself. To the author respect!
  6. sivuch
    sivuch 4 March 2014 11: 06
    About Zindi-Swish
    1. supertiger21
      supertiger21 4 March 2014 16: 44
      Quote: sivuch
      About Zindi-Swish

      You didn’t participate in the Iran-Iraq war, therefore, it’s not for you to judge stop .Pilots are tormented by overloads in order to get at least one air victory, and not keyboard experts to mud their achievements.
  7. buzer
    buzer 4 March 2014 11: 23
    also saw Begeldinov. He talked about how he was shot down, how he went to our front line and how our front line checked him. Some commander, or a battalion commander, or a company commander poured a whole cup of alcohol. He drank Begeldinov in one fell swoop, and that’s the whole test. They gave the car and sent to their unit. They did not hear any horrors about the dungeons and torture of the Specialists ...
  8. Good cat
    Good cat 4 March 2014 12: 41
    Another piece of evidence that you don’t need to think in stereotypes
  9. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 4 March 2014 12: 44
    Well, you can slightly supplement the North Korean aces:
    Kang Yon Dook

    He started the war on the Yaks, it was in the initial period that he won five victories. Then he moved to the MiG-15. He particularly distinguished himself in the battles for Wonsan from 4.10. on 12.10.1952/1953/10. He was awarded the title Hero of the DPRK in XNUMX, at that time he commanded IAP. In total, by the end of the war, he had XNUMX enemy aircraft shot down. There is no information about the post-war fate.
    Kim Gin Ok

    By the beginning of the war in 1950, he was the commander of the Yak-9 squadron in the 56th air force of the DPRK. In 1952-53 he fought on the MiG-15 as a comets, regiment and divisional commander. In 1951 he was awarded the title Hero of the DPRK. According to North Korean data, he was the best ace, shot down 11 American planes (of which 3 B-29s, flying on the Yak-9P from 11.07 to 3.12.50), according to other sources, shot down 17 American planes. After the war he continued to serve in the Air Force. In April 1969, he planned the operation of the DPRK air defense, during which the American intelligence officer EU-121 was shot down.
    He died in November 2001 at the age of 76.
    Lee Dong Gyu

    At the time of the outbreak of the war, he commanded 56th IAP of the DPRK Air Force. In the period from 11.07. On 14.07.1950/9/29, flying on the Yak-1950P, according to North Korean data, it shot down five US Air Force planes. Including one B-XNUMX over Seoul. According to unverified data, he died in aerial combat in the fall of XNUMX. The title of Hero of the DPRK is awarded posthumously.
    Baek Guy Cancer

    In 1950-51 he shot down five US Air Force planes (according to other sources 9). He gained most victories in the Sinichzhu and Pyongyang area in January 1951, flying on the Yak-9P and La-11. He died in June 1951, ramming a U.S. Navy ship in the Yellow Sea. At the time of death commanded the IAP. Posthumously presented to the title of Hero of the DPRK.

    She became famous in air battles, including with jet aircraft of the enemy, the woman ace Thia Sen Hi, awarded the title Hero of the DPRK, flying on Yak-9 and MiG-15 fighters, having shot down 6 American planes.

    Yak-9P DPRK Air Force
    1. Santa Fe
      4 March 2014 12: 55
      As always, pleased)))

      Although I do not feel warm feelings for the DPRK, it is extremely curious to read such facts
      1. saturn.mmm
        saturn.mmm 4 March 2014 19: 01
        Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
        Although I do not feel warm feelings for the DPRK, it is extremely curious to read such facts

        So the Vietnamese must be remembered
        Nguyen Van Kok (9 air victories, right) and Nguyen Doc Soat (6 air victories, left) listen to Pham Tan Ngan (center, 8 air victories)
        1. badger1974
          badger1974 4 March 2014 20: 45
          just wanted to stand up for the Vietnamese aces, and here you are
    2. badger1974
      badger1974 4 March 2014 22: 26
      about the latter did not know where there is such infa? who is Tha Sen Hee? is it like our Lida Litvyak and Katya Budanova? tell me the first time I hear
  10. buzer
    buzer 4 March 2014 15: 31
    we can recall the helicopter pilot ace Nikolai (Kairgeldy) Sainovich Maidanov. One of the four who received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Russia and the only one who received these titles for military operations. Kazakh father, German mother. He fought in Afghanistan and in Chechnya. He died in the Argun gorge.
  11. supertiger21
    supertiger21 4 March 2014 16: 39
    An informative and interesting article, a well-deserved "plus". There were aces in the 20th century, but I would like to see them not in short supply in the 21st.
    1. badger1974
      badger1974 4 March 2014 20: 59
      an interesting article as inferiority information, in vain you called the two pilots of the USSR Red Army Air Force Amet-Khan and Begeldinov — they are not aces of the east, but the aces of the USSR Red Army air forces just like many other nationalities and nationalities in these structures (especially Amet-Khan Sultan - YUZHANIN, he is from the Crimea), it is probably more correct to call the aces of the East, and the emphasis should have been on the Vietnamese aces, these were the aces of the aces, but the article didn’t really, the author needs to finish the article with calculations, etc., but request, about the pilots of the Red Army Air Force and Soviet pilots do not apply with fishing from the East, there were no differences in the USSR, there was a common cause,
      with respect to the author of the article
  12. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 4 March 2014 22: 45
    Many thanks to Oleg Kaptsov! Of all, I knew only about Akhmet-Khan-Sultan! You, Oleg, as always, know how to surprise! Respectfully. hi
  13. Asan Ata
    Asan Ata 5 March 2014 00: 14
    Talgat Begeldinov, the only Kazakh - twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Major General, is still alive, my neighbor. A fine, humble man with a firm handshake. May God grant him a lot of health! Read his book: "Elahs Attack".
  14. nnz226
    nnz226 5 March 2014 01: 44
    About Soviet non-Slav aces: they received education and training in the USSR !!! And now - immigrants from the Asian republics (perhaps we will throw away Kazakhstan) over the years of their independence have run wild to the point that they already do not know the Russian language! I wonder how the documents for the operation of at least the Su-27 look in Tajik? So it's still a couple of generations and representatives of the Asian "titular nations" will return to the plane trees ...
  15. rero
    rero 5 March 2014 05: 58
    Giora Epshtein -17 victories 1967-1973. Of these, 5 victories with the use of air-to-air missiles and the remaining with the cannon being pressed in close air battles. He flew on two types of destroyers: Mraz and Nesher (Israeli version of Miraz 5)
    1. supertiger21
      supertiger21 5 March 2014 18: 18
      13 victories were achieved on the Mirage III, the other 4 on the Nesher. Giora Epstein is the third most efficient ace of the jet era. He finished his pilot career in 1997.
  16. papik09
    papik09 6 March 2014 03: 09
    Gentlemen of the forum! Do not argue with each other, pliz! ALL Air Force in the world has aces. If anyone wants - write your article. It will be a great addition to this interesting article. To the author "+". hi
  17. BCO 82-84
    BCO 82-84 April 28 2014 18: 02
    In Andijan, there was an air defense regiment, I don’t remember the number of guards, Odessa, and stele with the names of the heroes of this regiment. Among them was Amet-Khan Sultan, besides him there were 22 more heroes.
  18. Patricklymn
    Patricklymn 8 October 2014 20: 25
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