A United States Air Force (USAF) training film to aid the recognition of airborne aircraft when viewed from the ground and in the air. The film displays three types of Soviet aircraft.
“MIG 15”: Film opens with a flypast of several Squadrons of MIG 15 high performance jet aircraft.
A cartoon format display illustrates the outline of an MIG 15 in flight, which is repeatedly paused to enable the commentator to describe a definitive feature. The aircraft is a well designed high performance fighter with a speed in excess of 600 knots. The commentary related to observations by personnel on the ground, and is repeated from a pilot’s perspective in the air. A slow motion film tracks the MIG 15 in the air as the commentator summarises the salient features, swept back winds and tail-plane, armament and engine air intakes form the nose. This section of the film ends as the MIG 15 performs aerobatics, and the commentator says it is vital to recognise him before he recognises you.
“YAK15 Modified”: Squadron of YAK 15 taking off. The format of the film is identical to that seen for the MIG 15. The YAK 15 with it’s distinctive mid wing cockpit was developed from the YAK9 piston engine aircraft.
“MIG 9”: Flypast of a MIG 9. The MIG 9 was the first operational Russian jet aircraft designed by Mikoyan and Gurevich. The format of the film follows that for the MIG 15 and YAK 15.