Red Eagles

Red Eagles : America's Secret MiGs

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From the mid-1960s until the end of the Cold War, the United States Air Force acquired and flew Russian-made MiG jets, eventually creating a secret squadron dedicated to exposing American fighter pilots to enemy MiGs. In this program, MiGs were secretly acquired and made air-worthy, before selected ace pilots were trained to fly the assets as they were flown by America's enemies. This book tells the fascinating story of the Red Eagles, using recently declassified information and firsthand accounts from the pilots who took part in the program.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 793.78g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition, Revised
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 5 b/w; 85 col
  • 1846039703
  • 9781846039706
  • 402,910

Table of contents

Foreword by General J Juniper (ret.), Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, 2001-05 /Acknowledgements /Introduction /Part 1: Acquiring "The Assets": Chapter 1: HAVE MiGs, 1968-69 /Chapter 2: A Genesis for the Red Eagles, 1972-77 /Part 2: Laying the Ground Work: Chapter 3: CONSTANT PEG and Tonopah, 1977-79 /Chapter 4: The Red Eagles' First Days and the Early MiGs /Chapter 5: The "Flogger" Arrives, 1980 /Chapter 6: Gold Wings, 1981 /Part 3: Expanded Exposures and Red Flag, 1982-85: Chapter 7: The Fatalists, 1982 /Chapter 8: Postai's Crash /Chapter 9: Exposing the TAF, 1983 /Chapter 10: "The Air Force is Coming", 1984 /Chapter 11: From Black to Gray, 1985 /Part 4: The Final Years, 1986-88: Chapter 12: Increasing Blue Air Exposures, 1986 /Chapter 13: "Red Country", 1987 /Chapter 14: Arrival Shows, 1988 /Postscript /Endnotes /Appendices /Glossary /Index
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..".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

"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)

"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, (October 2008)

"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)
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About Steve Davies

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 defence contractors and aviation corporations.
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281 ratings
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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!show more
by Hans Korting
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