USAF F-105 Thunderchief vs VPAF MiG-17

USAF F-105 Thunderchief vs VPAF MiG-17

Vietnam 1965–68

Duel 95
  • Author: Peter E. Davies
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: DUE 95
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 2019
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The F-105D Thunderchief was originally designed as a low-altitude nuclear strike aircraft, but the outbreak of the Vietnam War led to it being used instead as the USAF's primary conventional striker against the exceptionally well-defended targets in North Vietnam and Laos. F-105 crews conducted long-distance missions from bases in Thailand, refuelling in flight several times and carrying heavy external bombloads.

The MiG-17 was the lightweight, highly manoeuvrable defending fighter it encountered most often in 1965-68 during Operation Rolling Thunder. A development of the MiG-15, which shocked UN forces during the Korean War, its emphasis was on simplicity and ease of maintenance in potentially primitive conditions.

Fully illustrated with stunning artwork, this book shows how these two aircraft, totally different in design and purpose, fought in a series of duels that cost both sides dearly.

Biographical Note

Peter E. Davies is a full-time aviation author with more than 30 published books to his credit, including over 20 for Osprey Publishing. He specializes in modern combat aircraft, particularly those involved in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, and has co-authored titles on the B-52. He lives in Bristol, UK. Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. He lives in New Hampshire, USA. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork for this book. He lives in Perthshire, UK.

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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