MiG-17/19 Aces of the Vietnam War cover
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At the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) was equipped with slow, old Korean War-generation fighters--a combination of MiG-17s and MiG-19s,types that should have offered little opposition to the cutting-edge fighter-bombers such as the F-4 Phantom II, F-105 Thunderchief, and the F-8 Crusader. Yet when the USAF and US Navy unleashed their aircraft on North Vietnam in 1965, the inexperienced pilots of the VPAF were able to shatter the illusion of U.S. air superiority.

Taking advantage of its jet's unequaled low-speed maneuverability, small size, and powerful cannon armament, the VPAF was able to take the fight to its missile-guided opponents, with a number of Vietnamese pilots racking up ace scores. Packed with information previously unavailable in the West and only recently released from archives in Vietnam, this is the first major analysis of the exploits of Vietnamese pilots in the David and Goliath contest with the U.S. over the skies of Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Swallows Leave the Nest /The Air War Intensifies /New Tactics /MiG-17 Swansong /The 'White Bandits' /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Oct 18 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472812551
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 45 b/w; 55 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 130
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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István Toperczer

István Toperczer is a flight surgeon with the Hung…

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Gareth Hector

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Jim Laurier

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