PDW 35 Mins Morale Patch

On Nov. 18, 1952 U.S. Navy fighter pilot Royce Williams pulled off what many experts say is one of the greatest feats in aviation history. In the skies over North Korea for 35 minutes, he engaged solo in an aerial dogfight with seven Soviet MiG-15 pilots, downing at least four jets before escaping to land his heavily damaged F9F-5 Panther jet on a U.S. aircraft carrier.
  • In an effort to not draw the Soviets into the Korean War, the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency scrubbed the dogfight from its records and Williams was sworn to secrecy for more than 50 years. Williams’ aerial heroics have been the stuff of legend for decades among pilots coming up through the Navy’s Top Gun school, and the incident was even recorded in Soviet Union military history. There is no trace of Williams’ daring mission in the U.S. military archives.

    The F9F Panther was the first successful carrier-based jet fighter of the US NAVY. Armed with a quartet of 20mm cannons and able to carry ample air-to-ground munitions, the Panther was a formidable foe in the hands of skilled pilot.
  • Specifications:

    • Dimensions: 4.00" X 1.56"
    • High Detail Woven Polyester Thread
    • Stitched Border
    • Hook Backing with Cover

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