Clashes: Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972
Clashes: Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972 by Naval Institute Press at Hanoi PE. SKU: 964520. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. A retired Air Force fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran makes full use of recently declassified U.S. documents in this first comprehensive study of
Beginning with the first air-to-air engagements of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965, Marshall Michel describes the initial American successes against the MiGs and the stunning turn of events in late 1967 when the North Vietnamese began shooting down more U.S. aircraft than they lost. He explains how in 1968, at the end of Rolling Thunder, the U.S. Air Force ignored problems with their tactics, formations, and missiles, while the U.S. Navy undertook a complete reassessment of its air-to-air operations and formed its famous Topgun course.
The second part of the book, covering Operation Linebacker in 1972, examines the results of these two approaches and how the Navy scored heavily against the MiGs while the Air Force continued to suffer losses to MiG-21s. Michel offers extraordinary insights into events that lead to this situation and the Air Force´s efforts to reverse the trend.
This combination of actual dogfight descriptions with authoritative analysis of the tactics, pilot skills, high-level decisionmaking, and short comings--over 57 percent of U.S. air-to-air missiles malfunctioned and less than 13 percent scored a kill--will prove indispensable to everyone with an interest in air combat, the war in Vietnam, and Navy and Air Force aviation in general.
|Manufacturer:||Naval Institute Press|
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
|Studio:||Naval Institute Press|
|Item Size:||1.25 x 9.75 x 9.75 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.4 pounds|
|Package Size:||6.23 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches|