|Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 2):|
Chinese and North Korean-piloted MiGs seem to have been no match for the F-86s of the USAF, which is probably why the F-86 v MiG 15 kill ratio edged upward in favor of the F-86 during 1952-53; before then, the MiGs were piloted almost exclusively by Soviet pilots.
It should be added that F-86s of the USAF
were more successful during 1952-53 for another reason. At the end of 1951, the best Soviet pilots ("Honchos") were withdrawn and their places taken by Soviet pilots with little or no combat experience, while the USAF
Sabres continued to be flown by pilots who had gained extensive experience against MiG-15s flown by Russia's best pilots, many of whom had scored kills, even attained ace status, during WWII. It has been rumored that one of the reasons the "Honchos" were withdrawn and apparently never returned was fear of embarassment to the Soviet Union if one were to take up the U.S. on its offer of $100,000 and asylum to any pilot who would defect with his MiG-15 intact.
With the "Honchos" gone, the USAF
F-86 pilots who had dueled with Russia's best were more than equal to Russia's inexperienced pilots at the stick of a MiG-15. As a result 1952-53 was a very different MiG15 v Sabre war from 1951 and the scoreboard changed decisively in favor of the Sabres. Even though the MiGs took a beating during the final 18 months of the war, they remained an ever dangerous adversary to even the best F-86 pilots as evidenced by the loss of then-leading U.S. ace, George Davis, to a MiG, the top-scoring U.S. ace of the war, Joe McConnell, being shot down and rescued, and an F-86 piloted by Francis Gabreski being shot up -- but not shot down -- by a MiG, all in 1953 when the "Honchos" were long gone.