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First Jet vs. Jet Ace: Capt. James Jabara

May 20, 2021

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James Jabara was hailed as America’s first jet ace, and by some as the world’s first. Many sources remind us that there were many German aces during World War II, but the Messerschmitts they piloted were not jets. Miner points out that, no matter how you look at Jabara’s honorary title, for the hard-drinking, cigar-smoking ace, it was just business as usual. Jabara would down two planes in a day on at least two other occasions during his 163 missions in Korea.

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