By Gaillard R. Peck Jr.
This publication is the tale of a bunch of army pioneers who have been cause on utilizing their adventure and information to improve 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 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 basic Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and below stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG software used to be introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»
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The results and details of that raid are a subject for a different story. But, having no idea what was coming their way on October 26, eight MiG-17s were scrambled from Phuc Yen to defend the airfield as the RF-4Cs and their escorts approached on the photo run. Initially, it was a head-on set-up, with the four escort missile-armed F-4s facing down the guns-only MiG-17s. Logeman attempted to boresight his radar on the lead MiG for a radar missile shot. He didn’t get a lock-on but fired anyway. One missile didn’t come off the jet but the second weapon roared away, leaving a great smoke trail.
What kind of call sign is “Patty 2” anyway? Why “Patty”? If I’m ever in charge the call sign will be “Shark” or “Killer” or “MiG” or “Bandit” or something, but not “Patty” for Christ’s sake. Whoa! Good vector from GCI. And my climb put the F-4s right against the haze layer on the eastern horizon. The smoke trails from their engines show up against the earth’s haze layer like a moth fluttering on a movie theater screen when illuminated by the projector! ” “Roger ‘Patty 2,’ Control. Visual contact is your group of playmates.
One missile didn’t come off the jet but the second weapon roared away, leaving a great smoke trail. It speared the MiG in the wing root. The wing came off and the pilot ejected as the Phantom IIs roared through the initial merge. The MiGs had set up a defensive wheel or circle wherein each jet could clear the tail of the MiG in front of him. ” Billy fired two missiles, and a few seconds later the Sparrow did its job. There were now two parachutes in the middle of the MiGs’ defensive circle. Through all of this the Nos 2 and 4 in the F-4 formation had been faithfully flying fighting wing to protect their element leaders from gun attack.