America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG [NOOK Book]

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This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign "EVIL") had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the ...
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America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG

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Overview

This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign "EVIL") had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the support of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of the upmost secrecy the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original "Red Eagle."

This fascinating unknown history was first revealed in Steve Davies' acclaimed Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs but this book is the insider's perspective complete with never-before published anecdotes and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center. Along the way Peck explores many of the central questions surrounding the project: why did the combat Air Forces of the USA find themselves in need of a major revision in their approach to air-to-air combat training? How did they secretly build an airfield to clandestinely conduct air-to-air combat training using actual MiGs as the adversary training platforms? What was it like to be a Red Eagle pilot or maintainer and what were the major challenges they faced on a daily basis? What did the USA get out of the program in terms of a return on investment? Was it worth it and where do we go now?

Despite operating for a decade no single pilot ever revealed the secret nature of the training until the program was eventually declassified in 2006. Now for the first time we can read about what it felt like to build the airfields, source the MiG aircraft and finally take them to the skies above America itself all in the quest to establish the USAF as the premier fighter jet force the world over.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780968681
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 284,190
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Colonel (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck, Jr was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He is best known as the creator of the 'Constant Peg' program that trained US airmen against a collection of MiG fighter jets.
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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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  • 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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