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America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG

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For more than a decade at the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force operated a covert, top secret training program called CONSTANT PEG. In 2006 the program was eventually declassified and the incredible story of America's secret MiGs emerged. For the first time one of the original "Red Eagles" - Col. Gailliard Peck Jr - reveals what it was like to learn to pilot secretly obtained Soviet aircraft, enabling American pilots to train against the hardware they would have to face ...

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Overview

For more than a decade at the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force operated a covert, top secret training program called CONSTANT PEG. In 2006 the program was eventually declassified and the incredible story of America's secret MiGs emerged. For the first time one of the original "Red Eagles" - Col. Gailliard Peck Jr - reveals what it was like to learn to pilot secretly obtained Soviet aircraft, enabling American pilots to train against the hardware they would have to face if the Cold War ever ran hot.

America's Secret MiG Squadron 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 piolot in Veitnam, Col. Gail Peck had been shocked by the technicalolgical abilities of the Soviet-built aircraft, and at the poor level of training available to US pilots to aid them in their battles with the Soviet MidGs in the skies over Veitnam. Working with the support of Gen. Hoyt S. Vendenberg, 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, which for the first time provids an insiders persepective, personal anecdotes and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center - the real Top Gun.

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"As one of the project's masterminds and its first commander, Peck delivers an account replete with first-person detail...The authenticity of Peck's narrative as well as the effectiveness of the project he helped conceive speak for themselves: During Operation Dessert Storm, American F-15 and F-16 pilots, many using tactics perfected during Constant Peg sorties, downed 40 Iraqi fighters, including numerous MiGs, without a single loss.." Air & Space/Smithsonian

"...the fascinating history of the men who trained to fly and maintain covertly obtained MiGs, for thr first time providing an insider's perspective, personal anecdotes, and photographs, revealing how Colonel Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center — the real Top Gun."
—Savannah Jones, www.sirereadalot.org

"chapters pack in a history of the pilots, the missions, and the military concepts behind them, making this a fine survey of the little-known Red Eagles project recommended for any military holding."
- The Midwest Book Review

From the Publisher
"As one of the project's masterminds and its first commander, Peck delivers an account replete with first-person detail...The authenticity of Peck's narrative as well as the effectiveness of the project he helped conceive speak for themselves: During Operation Dessert Storm, American F-15 and F-16 pilots, many using tactics perfected during Constant Peg sorties, downed 40 Iraqi fighters, including numerous MiGs, without a single loss.." Air & Space/Smithsonian

"...the fascinating history of the men who trained to fly and maintain covertly obtained MiGs, for thr first time providing an insider's perspective, personal anecdotes, and photographs, revealing how Colonel Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center -- the real Top Gun."
--Savannah Jones, www.sirereadalot.org

"chapters pack in a history of the pilots, the missions, and the military concepts behind them, making this a fine survey of the little-known Red Eagles project recommended for any military holding."
- The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472804846
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/21/2014
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,366,198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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. The author lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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Table of Contents

Dedication 6

Acknowledgments 7

Foreword 11

Prologue 15

Introduction 21

Chapter 1 Why the need for a MiG training program? 23

Chapter 2 How was the MiG airfield created in record time? 54

Chapter 3 Who built the airfield, restored the MiGs, and then flew them? 77

Chapter 4 The aircraft we flew 121

Chapter 5 The challenges we faced 169

Chapter 6 Red Eagles' stories 176

Chapter 7 Was there a reward for the USA? 261

Chapter 8 Life after MiGs - the Aggressors 286

Chapter 9 Closing Thoughts 289

Postscript 291

Appendix 294

Glossary of Acronyms and Terms 308

Index 317

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Interesting, but not thrilling

    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.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Very interesting

    A very interesting book that shows what our military is capable of. An amazing program put together and run by our best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    A must read for anyone interested or involved in Military aviation today

    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!

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