1945 Bell H-13 Sioux
You might recognize the Sioux from the famous movie and TV show M*A*S*H. Its appearances there have caused it to be one of the aircraft that are most closely associated with the Korean War. It was widely used for observation, reconnaissance, and medical transport.
1945 North American XP-82 Twin Mustang
Designed initially as escort fighters during World War II, Twin Mustangs were some of the first aircraft to serve in the Korean War. The first Korean aircrafts destroyed during the war were gunned down by this fantastic piece of aviation history. It is also the last piston-engine fighter ordered by the US Air Force.
1947 Grumman F9F-5 Panther
The Panther is one of the original carrier-based jet fighters used during the Korean War. It includes a single-engine and four 20 mm cannons. The aircraft’s maneuverability led to it being the first jet used by the famous Blue Angels for their aerial demonstrations.
1948 Lockheed T-33/T-1A Shooting Star
This subsonic jet trainer is one of the longest-running aircraft in the history of military aviation. It served honorably during the Korean War to train propeller-driven aircraft operators to fly jet-powered planes. Militaries around the world used it for over 40 years until it was retired in 2007 by the Bolivian Air Force.
1949 Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
Although it served many purposes, the Chickasaw was the Army’s first dedicated transport helicopter. It could carry up to 10 troops or eight stretchers. This helicopter could transport up to 7,500 pounds at over 100 mph. It was used extensively throughout the United States’ involvement in the Korean War.
1952 Fouga CM.170 Magister
Many nations used this French aircraft to train pilots in the use of jet engine aircraft. When the French Air Force determined it needed more power, they added a pair of Turbomeca Marboré turbojet engines, which allowed this aircraft to reach speeds of up to 444 mph.