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 Oct 2014
  • ISBN: 9781472804846
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 352
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About this Product

For more than a decade at the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force operated a covert, top secret training program called CONSTANT PEG. In 2006 the program was eventually declassified - and the incredible story of America's secret MiGs emerged. For the first time one of the original "Red Eagles” - Col. Gaillard Peck Jr - reveals what it was like to learn to pilot secretly obtained Soviet aircraft, enabling American pilots to train against the hardware they would have to face if the ColdWar ever went hot. America's Secret MiG Squadron 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 programme that trained US airmen against a collection of MiG fighter jets.


Chapter 1: Why the need for a MiG training program?
Chapter 2: How was the MiG airfield created in record time?
Chapter 3: Who built the airfield, restored the MiGs, and then flew them?
Chapter 4: The aircraft we flew
Chapter 5: The challenges we faced
Chapter 6: Red Eagles' stories
Chapter 7: Was there a reward for the USA?
Chapter 8: Life after MiGs - the Aggressors
Chapter 9: Closing Thoughts
Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

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