MIG Master: The Story of the F-8 Crusader

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To be equally enjoyed by professional aviators and aviation buffs with limited technical knowledge, this biography brings to life the legendary aircraft that scored the highest kill ratio of any U.S. fighter aircraft in the Vietnam War. The book is filled with authentic re-creations of Crusader-MiG fights and vivid descriptions of the people and events that are part of the F-8 story, including John Glenn's 1957 record-breaking flight across the United States in three hours and twenty-three minutes. As the Navy's...
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MiG Master: The Story of the F-8 Crusader

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To be equally enjoyed by professional aviators and aviation buffs with limited technical knowledge, this biography brings to life the legendary aircraft that scored the highest kill ratio of any U.S. fighter aircraft in the Vietnam War. The book is filled with authentic re-creations of Crusader-MiG fights and vivid descriptions of the people and events that are part of the F-8 story, including John Glenn's 1957 record-breaking flight across the United States in three hours and twenty-three minutes. As the Navy's first supersonic aircraft, the Crusader holds an honored spot in carrier flying, and the author shows why it is called one of the most capable, versatile, and long-lived aircraft in naval aviation history. Barrett Tillman effectively combines an exciting account of the F-8's operational history with a detailed and authoritative explanation of its design, construction, and modifications. Tillman recalls the years of frustration and experimentation spent in refining the aircraft and its gunnery system, and then takes the reader through key actions in Vietnam where seasoned pilots handled their "rambunctious steeds" with scarcely a glance in the cockpit. Extensive appendixes provide further details.
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A glorified kill-by-kill history of the US Navy's first supersonic aircraft, and top gun in the air war over Vietnam. First published in 1980; updated to include the plane's American retirement in 1986, and its continued use by the French and the Philippines. The index is little more than a string of personal names. For buffs and exhaustive collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591148685
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized authority on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics. He has received six awards for history and literature including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    Good Stories of the Last Gun Fighter

    When people talked about air combat in Vitenam, what's the aircraft accrossed your mind first ? Probably F-4. But there were also other aircrafts in that war, especially F-8 for Navy. F-8 was the last fighter designed with more than a pair of cannons in the US military aircraft inventory. A lot of people knew F-4 or F-104 , even A-4. but fewer books talked about this excellent MiG master. From the development to the combat assignment, readers can find great details of combats of those Navy and Marine fighters faced. he author did a good job to tell another part of the air combat stories in history.

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