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Flying Air Force Fighters In The Decade After Vietnam

Flying Air Force Fighters In The Decade After Vietnam

This is a very interesting read and provides a really good look at the time frame of the title. This was also my “decade” and I can attest to a lot of what the author has written.
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Read the part dealing with the Air War in Vietnam and the founding, and subsequent reorganization, of the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis. The author, Dick Anderegg, certainly doesn't pull any punches critiquing the performance of the Air Force in the War. And he's speaking as someone who was there. He provides a lot of detail that I haven't found in other official histories. Particularly interesting was the description of 'pipeline' training for F-4 pilots bound for the War.

Thanks for posting it. Excellent read. Tremendous detail. Everything you would ever need to know about bombing a target with a Mk 82 bomb from 4500'.

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The author of subject book discusses some of the “games” fighter pilots took part in during their off hours. Below are some pictures taken in 1971 at Korat Thailand outside my hooch . The pictures are of what we called “carrier landings”. Take on vinyl covered picnic table; make slippery with water and beer; dig a large hole and fill with water; then use a hose for an “arresting gear”. Run towards the table and jump and slide while your squadron mates stop you with the hose or most likely you will have an “arresting cable” failure and end up in the water. You will note that unlike the Navy we sometimes “landed” two pilots at the same time.

The quality of the picture is not great but you get the idea. Note that a lot of beer was involved.








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