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Supersonic interceptors and tactical nuclear bombers, such as the F4 Phantom II and the F-105 Thunderchief, had a difficult time coping with the small, highly maneuverable MiGs of the North Vietnamese Air Force. Political restrictions, the complicated command structure, training, and equipment failures severely limited the effectiveness of the radar-guided missiles. Many TAC pilots were simply not prepared for the hit-and-run tactics used by the North Vietnamese. The air force was also unprepared to counter surface-to-air missiles.

The first flight of the XP-86 occurred on October 1, 1947, and an XP-86 with a more-powerful J47-GE-3 engine allowed NAA test pilot George Welch to break the sound barrier on April 25, 1948. Pleased with the greatly improved performance, the air force ordered the F-86A into production. The F-86A was a slightly modified XP-86. The belly speed brake was deleted and the side fuselage speed brakes opened toward the rear. 50-caliber [ 36 ] H i g h e r, F a s t e r, M e d i o c r e machine guns, and provisions for an underwing pylon with an external fuel tank or bombs.

2 After the war, Pres. Harry S Truman gathered a diverse group of civilians and military officials to examine the effectiveness of the strategic bombing campaigns in both Europe and the Pacific, and their conclusions were summarized in the United States Strategic striving for air superiority Bombing Survey. The committee members also investigated the importance of air superiority to the overall success of strategic aerial warfare. As for the European theater, the commission decided: “The significance of full domination of the air over the enemy—both over its armed forces and over its sustaining economy—must be emphasized.

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