On Novemember 8, 1950 the first jet-vs-jet aerial combat took place between a P-80 Shooting Star and a MIG-15 in the area northwest Korea later known as "MIG Alley". Several days later to the fateful day, MIG-15 jets had been encountered by U.S. AF F-51D's on patrol near the Yalu River area. On the afternoon of 8 November, Lt.Russell Brown piloting his T-33 Shooting Star of the 16th Fighter Squadron, outmaneuvered two attacking MIG-15's tacked onto the tail of one of them and poured .50 caliber fire into him until the MIG exploded. It was the first of 827 MIGs to be shot down in Korea and the first jet-vs-jet victory ever.
Today, Gregory "Wired" Colyer keeps this plane alive. Greg, a Native Califorinian took his first flight at the age of 7 in a Cessna 172 and has been hooked ever since. Greg has been licensed since the age of 18 after learning how to fly while serving in the U.S. Army from 1982-1987 Since leaving the service he has been employed by the FAA as an Air Traffice Controller at Oakland ARTCC.
Greg acquired his T-33 in 2008 and named it "Ace Maker". He then promptly founded the 501c-3 non-profit
T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of this type.