Mr. MiG: And the Real Story of the First MIGs in America
As indicated by the subtitle, "The Real Story of the First MiGs in America", this is a collection of stories that offer, for the first time, a concise depiction of many first-hand accounts of how these jets were acquired. In addition to historical facts and figures dating to the inception of the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau, substantial effort has been taken to expose myths and bring to light facts that are significant and important regarding how, where, when and why the MiG aircraft were obtained and who obtained them. In addition to the history of the MiG jet's inception, the modern day stories of the people in America that acquired them are no less intriguing. As a bonus, you'll learn of the experiences of the first person to own and operate a MiG in the United States and the free world including a peek into the arena of airshow flying.
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Never read the book...but I will soon. I do have a comment...Captain Curt Farley was the most asinine, egotistical, jackass I have ever met in my life. There is a special place in hell for men like him.
If you have ever met him...you know that is an understatement.
Page 118 and thereabouts refer to Captain Curt Farley. That is myself. I am Captain Curt Farley, the alleged "dangerous one". I think Captain Entrekin is a fine pilot and I never mistrusted him flying my aircraft. But the self-serving bull that is within his book about my capabilities and others like Tobe Gooden, and performance is very surprising to me. He’s not too kind about Chuck Yeager also Tobe was a Wing Commander of F-16's in Turkey. He was a very able pilot, humble and good, and conservative and careful. Flew with him several times and we had fun. To bring up his and Paul's financial dealings in the book is just plain impolite. That's personal between Tobe and Paul. I'm sure Tobe was embarrassed. Shame on Paul for shooting down a friend! And…If Tobe made a decision to put his MIG back on the runway with a partial power failure…that’s a good thing. Glad he survived the circumstances. Paul should have applauded that, not crucified Tobe!
Paul only flew with me a few times, as I remember. We had a fine time together and he never reflected any disconfidence in my abilities. I never brought him on the team to give myself credibility. I had two beautiful aircraft and did all my own maintenance. I already had that kind of respect. He was a MIG pilot and I needed a MIG pilot. That was all. But never...never was it dangerous. To fabricate and to slander me, my team, Tobe, Chuck Yeager, as he does, not only surprises me but disappoints me greatly. I have almost 3 times the flying experience as does Paul and total 37,000 plus of flying hours in bombers and fighters, and 125 fighter-bomber missions in day and night time attacks in North Vietnam as well as Laos, South Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as captain for American Airlines for 32 years. I was awarded the DFC, a Commendation from the Air Force Chief of Staff, and 4 Air Medals. That's not ego, just fact and credentials. I and my wingman had many compliments from both Thunderbird and Blue Angels teams on our formation and dogfight act, especially the belly to belly vertical split and my 100 foot barrel roll with gear down at 100 foot and 180 knots. I was well respected in my airline later. Earlier in USAF, I enjoyed great respect from my fellow pilots for my accuracy and my abilities in tight formation inside thunderstorm activity trying to get to a target that was usually to support a special forces camp under attack. I could put a bomb, day or night within a 10 foot circle. My missions were mostly at night, 5 foot off the wing of lead, inside a thunderstorm for an hour or more, making our way northward to the vicinity of Hanoi to strafe, bomb, and napalm targets at 500 mph, 25 foot off the jungle tree tops and in the near vicinity of 10,000 foot high mountains. I could put a napalm can into a bunker that was 10 foot in diameter at night. Paul never did anything like that. His comment of flying my MIG -17 at supersonic speeds is a lie and fabrication. If Paul had taken my aircraft to supersonic speeds with the pylon tanks on the aircraft, he would probably not have lived to write his book. The pylons would have separated and probably caused fatal damage. And if I had known that he had tried, I would have fired his A__ _. He was never out of my sight on the one time he flew my jet. Besides, supersonic flight has been illegal for a long time in the Domestic US. I spent three days in formation with my flight and tankers ferrying an F-100 Super Sabre to Vietnam with 24 hook ups on the tankers across the Pacific. I have a 1000 hours formal training in that jet and was combat ready in that aircraft. I think that qualifies as a fighter pilot! Paul reflects credentials such as the F-104, F-18, etc. as if he had been militarily trained in those aircraft he presents as credentials. Getting a ride from a buddy in one of those aircraft is not exactly like going through formal training in the aircraft by military schools with ACM (air combat maneuvers), refueling, etc. Paul leads his readers astray. I will give him credit on politics and
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