Red Eagles: America's Secret Migs

Red Eagles: America's Secret Migs

Book rating: 05 Hardback General Aviation

By (author) Steve Davies

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 38mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846039703
  • ISBN 13: 9781846039706
  • Edition: 2, New editionRevised
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 301,597

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Steve Davies is a freelance military and commercial aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He began writing in 2001, and has since authored six critically acclaimed books and co-authored three more. His freelance writing includes a plethora of articles penned for the world's leading monthly and quarterly aviation publications, and he has also worked on a range of aviation 'partwork' magazines that have sold millions of copies globally. He has also worked as a subject matter expert for a range of military aviation documentaries commissioned by terrestrial television channels in the UK and North America, and by the History Channel. His photography has been used not only by the aviation press, but also by leading defense contractors and aviation corporations. The author lives in Bristol, England.

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By Hans Korting 16 Aug 2012 5

Red Eagles tells the story of a MiG squadron that operated in the USAF for years from a remote airbase in the Nevada desert.

Davies puts you in the cockpit of those MiGs, telling fascinating and sometimes hairaising stories about the pilots that flew them and the groundcrew that kept them flying safely for many years despite all the troubles of a lack of spare parts. The only way they could learn how the aircraft were build was by tearing them apart and putting them together again.

You fly the various types of MiGs against the best the US forces could sent up to you and see that lessons could be learned that would later help US flyers in the Med and Middle-East.

A truly fascinating story on an even more fascinating, former, secret project.

A must read!

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"Davies' "Red Eagles "is a fitting tribute to [the pilots who died flying the Mi-Gs], and to all those who flew and supported the MiG training effort. His is a wonderful tale, superbly told, unveiling one of the last great unknown cold war stories." -Richard P Hallion, "Air & Space" (March 2009)" " ."..a notable achievement ... a powerful survey." -"California Bookwatch, "November 2008 ."..the book benefits from recently declassified information. ...[The stories of] over 30 pilots and crewmen that participated in the unit ... makes [for] an interesting read." - "Air Classics" "Every once in a while, one runs across a book that simply sucks one into the story from page one until the end of the book. This is one of those ... So good is this book that if you buy only two or three aviation books a year, this one needs to be one of those." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2008) "This is an engaging combination of an adventure story and a case study in military reform...Davies' major achievement is his demonstration of the Red Eagles' role in facilitating the USAF's development into a potent instrument of air supremacy that remains important even in the current era of antiterrorism."- "Publishers Weekly" (July 2008) "From the Hardcover edition."