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MiG Killers: A Chronology of U.S. Air Victories in Vietnam 1965-1973
MiG KILLERS: A Chronology of U.S. Air Victories in Vietnam 1965-1973 tells the dramatic story of U.S. Air Force and Navy flight crews who battled the Soviet-built enemy MiGs in the war-torn skies over Southeast Asia. Readers will learn new information on this subject from vivid and detailed narrative describing all 202 MiG kills made by six different aircraft types, and with every engagement arranged in chronological order.
This book also features the most complete photo documentation on this subject ever assembled. By using outstanding original and military photography, much of which has never before been published, this book shows 169 of the 174 U.S. aircraft credited with MiG kills during the Vietnam War. It describes each aircraft with serial number, tail code, operational unit, crewmember names, call sign, and specific weaponry and tactics used in accomplishing each and every MiG kill made from April 1965 through January 1973.
Great addition to the aviation library
By Kelly Jamison
- September 18, 2009
One of the first things to catch your eye is the hardbound front cover of an F-4E Phantom in its famous shark's mouth livery. The next thing is the menacing title. Once inside its covers you will find a touching dedication to the author's father who I would bet has his own fantastic story I hope Mr. McCarthy Jr. gets around to telling.
The book starts out with some lessons on Air Combat Maneuvering and training along with some technical information on missiles used during this span of time and some nice maps to give the reader the "Big Picture" as to where all the action was taking place. There is a short primer on Air Combat Credits.
The book is written in chorological order as the title implies starting in 1965 and moving through 1973 in a trim and clean fashion. Now here is the real gem. The author supplies you with a photograph of the aircraft whenever he can. A few of the pictures are of the aircraft prior to scrapping or as it currently looks in a... read more
A superbly documented military aviation history
By Midwest Book Review
- August 17, 2009
Military aviation expert and U.S. Air Force veteran Donald J. McCarthy has deftly written the first book to list all 202 MiG kills of the Vietnam War in chronological order. This roster includes MiGs downed by either U.S. Air Force or U.S. Navy combat aircraft. Informed and informative, this Vietnam military air combat history is replete with a profusion of both black-and-white as well as full color aircraft photography. Each aircraft citation includes serial number, tial code, perational unit, crew member names, call sign, and specific weaponry and tactics used for every MigK made from April 1965 though January 1973. A superbly documented military aviation history, "MiG Killers" is a seminal and very highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library reference collections and reading lists.
Photo-Guide to U.S. Vietnam War MiG Kills!
By Michael OConnor "Wordsmith"
- July 22, 2009
The Vietnam air war witnessed slightly over 200 VPAF MiG fighters downed by their U.S. opponents. Donald McCarthy presents a text-and-photos guide to those aerial victories in this 2009 release from Specialty Press. MIG KILLERS is basically an updated and expanded version of McCarthy's earlier USAF F-4 AND F-105 MIG KILLERS OF THE VIETNAM WAR volume put out in 2004 by Schiffer Publishing.
After discussing Vietnam air combat, armament and the - still frustrating - issue of air combat credits, McCarthy presents a year-by-year log of the kills scored by USAF, USN or USMC pilots/crews. Appendices include sections on VPAF MiGs, a comprehensive kill listing and glossary.
Since McCarthy is covering 202 kills in 120-odd pages, each kill typically includes a fairly short narrative and one photograph of the aircraft involved. If you're interested in lots of 'yank-and-bank' action, you'll need to check out the Elward/Davies Osprey books, the F-8 books done by Peter Mersky... read more
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