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By Gaillard R. Peck Jr.

This publication is the tale of a bunch of army pioneers who have been purpose on utilizing their event and data to strengthen a brand new education paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign «EVIL») were disillusioned 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 rather opposed to their chilly battle adversaries flying the already mythical MiG fighter jets. operating with the aid of common Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and lower than stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG application used to be introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»

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Our formations and tactics were not appropriate for this threat, and many of our airplanes were shot down. Some men died, some were rescued, and others became prisoners of war. We struggled to change and adjust, but the process was slow. Tactics emerged from the Vietnam combat theater wherein the FWS graduates and other talented pilots invented new ways to do business. Fortunately, during the early stages of the Vietnam War, the United States acquired MiG-17 and MiG-21 aircraft. These were flown extensively, being thoroughly exploited during testing and evaluation by American pilots, maintainers, operations analysts, and engineers.

And a tip of the hat to the guys that followed the “Gang of Three,” Bill “Saki” Sakahara at the Air Staff and Joseph “CT” Wang at TAC Headquarters. These men, along with the subsequent commanders of the Red Eagles and the replacement staff at the Pentagon and Langley AFB, Virginia, kept the momentum going and ensured the success of the Red Eagle program. I owe a special word of thanks to my 433rd TFS combat colleague and fellow FWS air-to-air instructor Ed “Fast Eddy” Cobleigh (author of War for the Helluva It) who gave me great advice on the “dos and don’ts” and then read and critiqued the entire manuscript, providing insight and critical comment.

Billy’s wingman, Capt Larry D. Cobb, observed a MiG breaking out of the defensive wheel and broke away from his element leader to pursue a kill of his own, which he obtained with an AIM-4 infrared or heat-guided missile. This was a monumental breakdown of wingman discipline, especially since the wingman didn’t radio Billy that he was no longer supporting his element leader. Soon there were three parachutes, all VPAF pilots in or near the defensive circle of the MiGs. The battle had raged and a trio of MiG-17s had been shot down without any Phantom II losses.

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