F-15C Eagle versus MiG-23/25

F-15C Eagle versus MiG-23/25

Iraq 1991

Duel 72
  • Author: Doug Dildy, Tom Cooper
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: DUE 72
  • Publication Date: 21 Apr 2016
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Designed following the relatively poor performance of America's multi-role fighters during the Vietnam War, the F-15 Eagle was conceived as a dedicated air superiority fighter. But, having trained for 15 years in the Eagle it wasn't Eastern Bloc operated MiGs that the F-15 eventually came up against, but pilots of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi airforce.
This book analyses the combat between the American and Soviet 'Cold War fighters' in a balanced manner, examining how the technical abilities of the aircraft combined with the different levels of training available to opposing pilots and groundcrews allowed the F-15s to destroy the Iraqi offensive abilities within weeks of the First Gulf War starting. Packed with artwork, illustrations and photographs, this book places the reader in the cockpit during one of the last major dogfighting air wars in modern history.

Biographical Note

Douglas C Dildy retired from the USAF after 26 years of service during which he commanded the 32nd Fighter Squadron and was vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing. A graduate of the USAF Academy as a history major and having a masters degree in Political Science, Dildy has authored five books for Osprey. Tom Cooper is the recognised expert on Arab MiG operators in general and, specifically, on Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) operations in combat against Iran and against the US-led coalition in the 1990s. He has co-authored two Osprey books on Iranian F-4 and F-14 units as well as an Combat Aircraft on Arab MiG-19 and MiG-21 Units in Combat. Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing and an aviation history enthusiast. He completed the battlescene and cover artwork.

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Design and Development
Technical Specifications
The Strategic Situation
The Combatants
Combat
Statistics and Analysis
Aftermath
Further Reading
Index

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