By Gaillard R. Peck Jr.
This ebook is the tale of a gaggle of army pioneers who have been cause on utilizing their event and data to boost a brand new education paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign «EVIL») were disenchanted with the extent of teaching provided to US fighter pilots. He was resolute to make sure that US fighter pilots have been unbeatable within the air fairly opposed to their chilly warfare adversaries flying the already mythical MiG fighter jets. operating with the aid of common Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and below stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG application used to be introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»
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With the area behind the tow aircraft clear, the Dart was launched into the tow position on its 1,500ft steel cable. Next, the Dart was inspected by the leader of the shooter aircraft formation, who was usually an instructor pilot at the FWS. The integrity of the Dart, and its flying qualities, were of special interest during the inspection. If the Dart was doing rolls due to damage during launch or an unforeseen aeronautical imbalance, it was deemed unsuitable as a target, the mission was aborted and the Dart jettisoned.
That nose position was such that the VPAF jet did not have enough lead to be a threat to him, so he pressed on. 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.
You guys could do anything, and you did it regularly. Over the years I have kept up with the initial Assistant Chief of Maintenance Don Lyon, along with master aircraft mechanics Steve Hovermale and Tommy Karnes, and jet engine mechanic Ike Crawley. Our chats, laughs, and memories have been the fuel that motivated me. I love hanging out with the pilots too, but you guys, along with the rest of the initial cadre, make me smile just to think about you. Thanks so much for everything that ALL of you Red Eagles accomplished.
America's Secret MiG Squadron The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG by Gaillard R. Peck Jr.