US Navy F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers 1972-73

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Osprey Publishing, 2002 - History - 96 pages
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The second of two books on the Navy's Phantom II MiG killers of the Vietnam War (1955-1975), this book covers the numerous actions fought out over North Vietnam during the Linebacker I and II operations of 1972-73. No fewer than 17 MiGs were downed during this period, five of them by the Navy's sole aces of the conflict, Lts Randy Cunningham and Willie Driscoll of VF-96. Drawing on primary sources such as surviving Phantom II aircrew and official navy documentation, the author has assembled the most precise appraisal of fighter operations involving US Navy Phantom II units and those elusive MiGs ever seen in print.

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The caption under the picture on page 77 says that CDR Flynn is putting the finishing touches on a MIG-21 kill is in error. Actlually it is LTJG John putting on those finishing touches. I know this to be a fact as I was stationed with VF-31 at the time. I was there. At the time I was an AQ who worked on the radar of our Phantoms. LTJG John was our branch officer. The author is correct in stating that BUNO 157307 was the aircraft with the MIG kill. The reason that BUNO 157923, side # 102, was stenciled is that this was his assigned aircraft and had his name stenciled on it. For example side # 100 was stenciled with CAG (Group Commander), side #101 was stenciled with the CO. As an afterthought, when we got back to Oceana, on 14 Feb 72, our shop had a refridgerator and we copied the stencil on AC 102 to our fridge. It surved as a reminder of our work on the radar of the F-4.  



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Brad Elward has broken into aviation journalism in the past two years, having had work published in such erstwhile periodicals as World Air Power Journal. This is his first book for Osprey. Peter Davies has written or co-written nine books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, ‘Gray Ghosts’. Based in Bristol, Peter is also presently working with Brad Elward on the follow-on volume on Navy F-4 MiG Killers.

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