Aldrin was first to do so, but his gun sight jammed. He then had to pull out, as the two aircraft had gotten too low for the dogfight to continue.
Aldrin saw the Mi G's canopy open and the pilot eject, although Aldrin was uncertain whether there was sufficient time for a parachute to open.
Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Aldrin graduated third in the class of 1951 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He was commissioned into the United States Air Force, and served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aldrin was selected as a member of NASA's Astronaut Group 3, making him the first astronaut with a doctoral degree.
Among his squadron colleagues was Ed White, who had been a year behind him at West Point.
After White left Germany to study for a master's degree at the University of Michigan in aeronautical engineering, he wrote to Aldrin encouraging him to do the same.He chose the United States Air Force, which had become a separate service in 1947 while Aldrin was still at West Point and did not yet have its own academy.He was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and underwent basic flight training in T-6 Texans at Bartow Air Base in Florida.He faced down his father and told him to ask Hawkes to change the nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.As one of the highest-ranking members of the class, Aldrin had his choice of assignments.He barely managed to make it back under enforced radio silence.He flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres in Korea and shot down two Mi G-15 aircraft. Aldrin was flying about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of the Yalu River, when he saw two Mi G-15 fighters below him.His father wanted him to go to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and enrolled him at nearby Severn School, a preparatory school for Annapolis and even secured him an appointment from Albert W.Hawkes, one of the United States Senators from New Jersey. He suffered from seasickness and considered ships a distraction from flying airplanes.He was then posted to the Space Systems Division's field office at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, where he was involved in integrating Department of Defense experiments into Project Gemini flights.Aldrin's initial application to join the astronaut corps when NASA's Astronaut Group 2 was selected in 1962 was rejected on the grounds that he was not a test pilot.