Col. (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck, Jr was a career officer in the US Air Force, after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1962. He served at the Fighter Weapons School as an instructor in the F-4E for more than 2 years, and since May 1998 Peck has served as an F-15C academic instructor at the USAF Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base. However, he is best known as the creator of the CONSTANT PEG program that trained US airmen against a collection of MiG fighter jets.
America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEGby Gaillard R. Peck, Jr.
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America's Secret MiG Squadrons is the story of a group of incredibly brave military pioneers who put their lives on the line to establish a training program that would prepare the US Air Force for a potential Cold War battle with Soviet aircraft. As a F-4 Phantom II pilot in Vietnam, Col. Peck had been shocked by the technological abilities of Soviet-built aircraft, and at the poor level of training available to US pilots to aid them in their battles with Soviet MiGs in the skies over Vietnam. Working with the support of Gen Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of extreme secrecy, the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original Red Eagle. This is the fascinating history of the men who trained to fly and maintain covertly obtained MiGs, for the first time providing an insider's perspective, personal anecdotes, and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and scepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center – the real Top Gun.
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I bought this book expecting a thrilling ride along with one of the most secret of American Programs. Even though it was an interesting read there weren't a lot of 'pilots'-stories, most of the book evolves around the intricacies of actually setting up and keeping the squadron operating.
A very interesting book that shows what our military is capable of. An amazing program put together and run by our best.
A well written story of the return to service and operational assessment of several advanced Russian aircraft in use by our potential enemies, hopefully those people in the government and industry that are involved in deciding our military requirements will read and learn the lessons that this unit was able to learn!