By Gaillard R. Peck Jr.
This booklet is the tale of a gaggle of army pioneers who have been purpose on utilizing their adventure and data to advance a brand new education paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign «EVIL») were upset with the extent of educating provided to US fighter pilots. He was firm to make sure that US fighter pilots have been unbeatable within the air quite opposed to their chilly warfare adversaries flying the already mythical MiG fighter jets. operating with the aid of basic Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and less than stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG software was once introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»
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At some point early in this journey of air combat tactics development, the notion emerged that the shooter needed a wingman. This evolution probably formalized during World War II when the leader needing a wingman to cover him while he was concentrating on machine gunning the adversary. With the insurance provided by a wingman serving as a lookout and perhaps a shield, the leader was less vulnerable to coming under attack himself. And that is how it was done in Korea. Indeed, Korean War tactics ultimately developed into a combat formation known as Fluid Four, and we went to war in Vietnam using this tactical formation.
Joe Hicks was the Outstanding Graduate in our class and George Branch won the flying award. Dick Swope later made “three star” rank. My squadron mate from my combat tour in the 433rd TFS, “JD” Allen, was also one of us. An important part of the FWS curriculum is air-to-air gunnery against a towed target. In the 1970s the “Dart” was the towed target. Wood framed, it was pointed and weighted on the front end. The aft end of the 16ft long target resembled an X, with each of the four wings tapered in a straight line from the front to the rear.
PECK, JR CONTENTS DEDICATION ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOREWORD PROLOGUE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 Why the need for a MiG training program? CHAPTER 2 How was the MiG airfield created in record time? CHAPTER 3 Who built the airfield, restored the MiGs, and then flew them? CHAPTER 4 The aircraft we flew CHAPTER 5 The challenges we faced CHAPTER 6 Red Eagles’ stories CHAPTER 7 Was there a reward for the USA? CHAPTER 8 Life after MiGs – the Aggressors CHAPTER 9 Closing Thoughts POSTSCRIPT APPENDIX GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS AND TERMS DEDICATION Dedicated to the men who restored, maintained, and supported our MiG aircraft, thus permitting American fighter pilots to train realistically and achieve a formidable air combat capability.
America's Secret MiG Squadron The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG by Gaillard R. Peck Jr.