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MIG-15 Flies Into Air Force Base ... For Air Show

April 21, 1988

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) _ Pilots at Keesler Air Force Base didn’t scramble to get into their F-16s when a Soviet MiG-15 fighter jet landed there.

Paul Entrekin landed the Korean War-era MiG Wednesday as part of the base’s annual open house.

Entrekin, 33, has been flying the plane, which was built by the Soviets in China in 1954, to air shows for the past eight months.

The former Marine from Chino, Calif., bought the 31-foot-long jet, which has a wingspan of 32 feet, from an American airplane dealer in December 1986.

Entrekin’s plane is one of 17 privately owned MiGs in the United States. Recently, he said, the Chinese decided to discard some of the 5,000 MiG-15s built by the Soviets in the ’50s. Poland also has sold some to make a profit on the world market, he said.

At Keesler, the MiG was the center of attention for much of the morning and early afternoon.

″It’s amazing - smaller than I expected,″ said J.M. Dunnan Jr., 63, of Jackson. Dunnan is a member of the Jackson wing of the Confederate Air Force, which restores and flies vintage warplanes. ″I’ve never seen one of those close up before.″

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