F-8 Crusader vs MiG-17 cover
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Revered by Naval Aviators as the 'last of the gunfighters' due to its quartet of Colt-Browning Mk 12 20 mm cannon, the F-8 Crusader enjoyed great success against VPAF MiG-17s during the Rolling Thunder campaign of 1966–68. But, the MiG-17's unequalled low-speed manoeuvrability, small size and powerful cannon armament meant that the American forces didn't have it all their own way. This fully illustrated book, featuring photographs, maps and battlescene artwork, reveals the tactics that were developed by pilots on both sides to give themselves the edge in air-to-air dogfights, allowing the reader to understand how the differing design and development doctrines played a part in combat.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published 20 Nov 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781782008101
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 35 b/w; 20 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 61
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Mersky

Peter Mersky is a retired Navy Commander with 23 y…

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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Gareth Hector

Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international…

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