America’s Secret MiG Squadron

America’s Secret MiG Squadron

The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG

General Aviation
  • Author: Gaillard R. Peck, Jr.
  • Short code: GNA
  • Publication Date: 20 Jul 2012
  • Number of Pages: 352
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America's Secret MiG Squadrons 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 pilot in Vietnam, Col. Peck had been shocked by the technological abilities of Soviet-built aircraft, and at the poor level of training available to US pilots to aid them in their battles with Soviet MiGs in the skies over Vietnam. Working with the support of Gen Hoyt S. Vandenberg, 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, for the first time providing an insider's perspective, personal anecdotes, and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and scepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center - the real Top Gun.

Biographical Note

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.

Contents

Prologue
Introduction
PART 1
WHY Did the USA Need a Training Program Equipped With Real MiG Jet Fighters?
PART 2
HOW in Record Time Did Determined Officers Legally Build a MiG Airfield?
PART 3
WHO Were These Americans that Built Airfields and Restored and Flew MiGs?
PART 4
The Aircraft We Flew: MiG-17s, MiG-21s, MiG-23s, T-38s & Commuter Aircraft
PART 5
The CHALLENGES We Faced
PART 6
Stories Told by the Men of the RED EAGLES
PART 7
SO WHAT? Was There a Reward for the USA?
PART 8
Life After MiGs: The AGGRESSORS Continue to Live
PART 9
Closing Thoughts
POST SCRIPT
APPENDIX

Index


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