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Franciszek (Frank) Jarecki graduated from the Polish Air Force College at Deblin, Poland, in 1952 and in September of that year was transferred to the 10th Fighter Regiment based at Stolp. On March 5, 1953, on the day of Joseph Stalin's death, Jarecki flew his Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-15 from the Polish air base to land at Roenne airport in Bornholm, Denmark, to seek political asylum in the United States. It was the first intact MiG-15 to reach the West. Franciszek Jarecki studied English at Alliance College in Pennsylvania, opened his own machine shop and then went on to establish Jarecki Industries and acquire several other businesses.

Identifier

NASM.2002.0022

Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2016. Digital assets attached by Allan Janus, 2020.

Creator

Jarecki, Franciszek, 1931-

Date

undated

Provenance

Franciszek Jarecki, Gift, 2002

Extent

0.23 Cubic feet ((1 box))

Summary

This collection consists of one Polish Air Force pilot's certificate; one pilot grade certificate; one copy of LIFE Magazine, dated April 6, 1953, featuring an article by Jarecki on his flight; on copy of This Week Magazine for August 23, 1953, with Jarecki's flight as cover story; one photocopied article from the Erie Daily Times, September 30, 1985; one photograph of a meeting of businessmen in the White House's Oval Office that includes Jarecki; one photograph of Frank Jarecki, Francis S. Gabreski, and James H. Doolittle; and the front page of the New York Times, dated March 6, 1953, matted on cardboard.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Certificates

Clippings

Photographs

Arrangement note

The Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection is arranged by content type.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one Polish Air Force pilot's certificate; one pilot grade certificate; one copy of LIFE Magazine, dated April 6, 1953, featuring an article by Jarecki on his flight; on copy of This Week Magazine for August 23, 1953, with Jarecki's flight as cover story; one photocopied article from the Erie Daily Times, September 30, 1985; one photograph of a meeting of businessmen in the White House's Oval Office that includes Jarecki; one photograph of Frank Jarecki, Francis S. Gabreski, and James H. Doolittle; and the front page of the New York Times, dated March 6, 1953, matted on cardboard. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.

Genre/Form

Certificates

Clippings

Photographs

Rights

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Names

Jarecki Corporation

Poland. Polskie Siły Powietrzne

Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993

Gabreski, Francis

Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953

Topics Cold War
MIG (Fighter planes)
MiG MiG -15
Asylum, Right of

Citation

Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection, Acc. 2002.-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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