America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project Constant Peg

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Osprey Publishing, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign "EVIL") had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the support of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of the upmost secrecy the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original "Red Eagle."

This fascinating unknown history was first revealed in Steve Davies' acclaimed Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs but this book is the insider's perspective complete with never-before published anecdotes and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center. Along the way Peck explores many of the central questions surrounding the project: why did the combat Air Forces of the USA find themselves in need of a major revision in their approach to air-to-air combat training? How did they secretly build an airfield to clandestinely conduct air-to-air combat training using actual MiGs as the adversary training platforms? What was it like to be a Red Eagle pilot or maintainer and what were the major challenges they faced on a daily basis? What did the USA get out of the program in terms of a return on investment? Was it worth it and where do we go now?

Despite operating for a decade no single pilot ever revealed the secret nature of the training until the program was eventually declassified in 2006. Now for the first time we can read about what it felt like to build the airfields, source the MiG aircraft and finally take them to the skies above America itself all in the quest to establish the USAF as the premier fighter jet force the world over.
  

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User Review  - Joseph Hillenburg - Goodreads

It is clear that this book is a typeset version of random, disjointed notes collected by Colonel Peck. It would have been terrific had an editor and other staff been employed to reorganize this ... Read full review

Review: America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG

User Review  - Norbert - Goodreads

Not bad at all. But I prefers "Red Eagles: Americas Secret MiGs" by Steve Davies Read full review

Contents

DEDICATION
6
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
FOREWORD
11
PROLOGUE
15
INTRODUCTION
21
WHY THE NEED FOR A MIG TRAINING PROGRAM?
23
HOW WAS THE MIG AIRFIELD CREATED IN RECORD TIME?
54
WHO BUILT THE AIRFIELD RESTORED THE MIGS AND THEN FLEW THEM?
77
WAS THERE A REWARD FOR THE USA?
261
LIFE AFTER MIGS THE AGGRESSORS
286
CLOSING THOUGHTS
289
POSTSCRIPT
291
APPENDIX
294
GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS AND TERMS
308
INDEX
317
IMPRINT
321

THE AIRCRAFT WE FLEW
121
THE CHALLENGES WE FACED
169
RED EAGLES STORIES
176
BACK COVER
322
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Colonel (Ret.) Gaillard R. Peck, Jr was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He is best known as the creator of the 'Constant Peg' program that trained US airmen against a collection of MiG fighter jets.

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