Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs

Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs

by Steve Davies

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From the mid-1960s until the end of the Cold War, the United States Air Force acquired and flew Russian-made MiG jets, eventually creating a secret squadron dedicated to exposing American fighter pilots to enemy MiGs. In this program, MiGs were secretly acquired and made air-worthy, before selected ace pilots were trained to fly the assets as they were flown by America's enemies. This book tells the fascinating story of the Red Eagles, using recently declassified information and firsthand accounts from the pilots who took part in the program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849088404
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: General Aviation
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 476,283
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Steve Davies is a freelance military and commercial aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He began writing in 2001, and has since authored six critically acclaimed books and co-authored three more. His freelance writing includes a plethora of articles penned for the world's leading monthly and quarterly aviation publications, and he has also worked on a range of aviation 'partwork' magazines that have sold millions of copies globally. He has also worked as a subject matter expert for a range of military aviation documentaries commissioned by terrestrial television channels in the UK and North America, and by the History Channel. His photography has been used not only by the aviation press, but also by leading defence contractors and aviation corporations.
Steve Davies is a military aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He has authored ten critically acclaimed books and co-authored five more, and he's written for the world's leading monthly, quarterly and partwork aviation publications.

Table of Contents

Dedication 6 Acknowledgments 7 Foreword 10 Introduction 12 Part 1 Acquiring "The Assets" 15 Chapter 1 HAVE MiGs, 1968-69 16 Chapter 2 A Genesis for the Red Eagles, 1972-77 21 Part 2 Laying the Ground Work 49 Chapter 3 Constant Peg and Tonopah, 1977-79 50 Chapter 4 The Red Eagles' First Days and the Early MiGs 78 Chapter 5 The "Flogger" Arrives, 1980 126 Chapter 6 Gold Wings, 1981 138 Part 3 Expanded Exposures and Red Flag, 1982-85 155 Chapter 7 The Fatalists, 1982 156 Chapter 8 Postai's Crash 176 Chapter 9 Exposing the TAF, 1983 193 Chapter 10 "The Air Force is Coming," 1984 221 Chapter 11 From Black to Gray, 1985 256 Part 4 The Final Years, 1986-88 275 Chapter 12 Increasing Blue Air Exposures, 1986 276 Chapter 13 "Red Country," 1987 293 Chapter 14 Arrival Shows, 1988 318 Postscript 327 Endnotes 330 Appendices 334 Glossary 342 Index 346

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Red Eagles: Americas Secret MiGs 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Dastoy More than 1 year ago
This book has special meaning to me. One of the innovative men described in the book was my brother. The efforts made to train our pilots for their encounters in the sky over Vietnam required a group of airmen to create a new method of training - train against the actual aircraft they would meet in combat. This represented the ultimate in "thinking out of the box". Most of the legends of the program are now gone, but what they started will live forever. How many lives were saved by the radical training they started will never be known; but their efforts were not in vain. For a look at how the military operates, and how a small group went around the standard operating procedures to implement a revolution in tactical thinking, read Red Eagles. Once you start, you will not want to stop until you finish.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A nice look into the secret MiG squadron that flew in the 70's and '80's out of Tonopah, NV and Area 51 by Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots. Told in nearly chronological order there is a lot of information, with a huge cast of characters that is sometimes difficult to keep straight (booking the index page at the end with the list of pilots helps). The narrative flow isn't all that great with lot's of quoted storytelling from the participants rather than the author. There are also a lot of acronyms that someone outside of the military will have to adjust to. But, the information presented is extremely interesting. Planes flown included the MiG 17 Fresco, MiG 21 Fishbed and MiG 23 Flogger. From the technical specs and playing computer games such as Harpoon, I always thought the MiG 23 was a more dangerous plane. But, from this book none of the pilots really liked it and preferred the MiG 21. The eBook was formatted well, but with several spelling errors. There are also several photos in two different sections of the book
Boiler More than 1 year ago
I am about a third of the way through and it hasn't "grabbed" me yet. A little on the dull side with too many details on funding of the program, etc. I would rather have a little more meat about how the Russian jets were to fly and how they were to fly against. Maybe that is yet to come?
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the whole, this is an entertaining book about an opaque subject, as the author appears to have written as much of a detailed narrative as the anecdotal material available to him would allow. What would have made the book a bit stronger is to treat the "Red Eagles" as more of a case study of how a "black" program is handled; though Davis is careful to place the "Red Eagles" in the context of the wider "aggressor" community in the USAF. Actually, a lot of the material to do this is in the book, it just needed to be a bit better organized.
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