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MiGs Over North Vietnam: The Vietnam People's Air Force in Combat, 1965-75

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Rare firsthand accounts from North Vietnamese pilots plus details on fighter operations against the U.S. Description of the "Black Friday Massacre," the U.S.'s largest aerial defeat Intricate diagrams of aircraft

Until now, the day-to-day operations of the Vietnamese People's Air Force have remained relatively unknown. Roger Boniface gives voice to Vietnamese pilots whose stories have never before been told, from their view of the gradual escalation of the conflict to their ...

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Overview

Rare firsthand accounts from North Vietnamese pilots plus details on fighter operations against the U.S. Description of the "Black Friday Massacre," the U.S.'s largest aerial defeat Intricate diagrams of aircraft

Until now, the day-to-day operations of the Vietnamese People's Air Force have remained relatively unknown. Roger Boniface gives voice to Vietnamese pilots whose stories have never before been told, from their view of the gradual escalation of the conflict to their version of events seen differently by American aviators and historians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811706964
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 969,196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Boniface is also the author of Fighter Pilots of North Vietnam (978-0-7552-0203-4). He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

A Tribute from a Vietnamese xii

About Vietnam xiii

Introduction xvi

Chapter 1 The Gulf of Tonkin Incident 1

Chapter 2 "Rolling Thunder" 4

Chapter 3 A Victory from Rice-Pounding Tactics 24

Chapter 4 The December Massacres 31

Chapter 5 "Operation Bolo" 38

Chapter 6 High Stakes! 47

Chapter 7 End of Rolling Thunder 60

Chapter 8 The Intermission Period, 1968-72 69

Chapter 9 Calm before the Storm 73

Chapter 10 Time of the Red Eagle 87

Chapter 11 "Bamboo Shoots" 100

Chapter 12 The Tide Changes 108

Chapter 13 No Quarter Given 115

Chapter 14 A False Dawn 118

Chapter 15 The Christmas Bombings and the War with the B-52s 123

Chapter 16 The Beginning of the End 147

Chapter 17 The Final Victory 151

Chapter 18 Some Conclusions about Air Victories 157

Chapter 19 Three of a Kind 166

Appendix 1 The Basic Tactical Structure of the Vietnamese People's Air Force 179

Appendix 2 Vietnamese People's Air Force Regiments and Air Divisions 181

Appendix 3 North Vietnamese Air War Doctrine 182

Appendix 4 The North Vietnamese Pilots 183

Appendix 5 Fighter Aircraft of North Vietnam and Their U.S. Opposition 184

Appendix 6 Aircraft and Missile Data 196

Appendix 7 American Air War Doctrine 197

Appendix 8 Rules of Engagement 199

Appendix 9 Route Packages and Exclusion Zones 200

Table 1 North Vietnamese Officer Ranks 203

Table 2 Complete VPAF Combat Losses 204

Table 3 MiG and Pilot Data 214

Table 4 VPAF Kills from 3 May 1962 to 12 January 1973 215

Bibliography 219

Index 221

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