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 data to increase a brand new education paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign «EVIL») have been 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 struggle adversaries flying the already mythical MiG fighter jets. operating with the help of basic Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and less than stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG software was once introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»
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The mission was on. On this raid Billy and his flight were providing escort Combat Air Patrol (CAP) for F-105s. Billy was No 3, with the new guy on his wing. A MiG-21’s under ground radar vectors converted unobserved to their rear and blazed through the formation at more than 600 knots. The flight leader immediately detailed Billy to continue the escort of the F-105s while he pursued the MiG. Looking down through the haze at the jungle and attempting to pick out the Thunderchiefs in their jungle camouflage required a lot of concentration, and the first indication that Billy Gordon had that he himself was under attack was the thump of the impact of the missile fired by the second MiG-21.
But we do know that we, as a country, have had a “100 percent” fail rate on predicting where and when we’ll deploy and fight next. ” Whether we consider the combat experienced over Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I, Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, the 12 years of “Iraqi no fly zones” or the post-September 11, 2001 realities of Afghanistan and Iraq II, we did not see these fights coming. As we look out into this most uncertain future, it will serve us well to consider the lessons taught and re-enforced in the sky over the high desert of Nevada.
If Billy had ejected at that point he would have been over the flat land near Hanoi, and almost certainly would have been captured. Fortunately, the jet continued to fly for more than two minutes allowing him to maneuver to the west away from Hanoi and into very high mountain terrain, where he and his GIB, 1Lt Richard C. Brenneman, ejected. Landing in heavy elephant grass near the town of Lao Phou Van, Billy’s back-seater was captured almost immediately. He threw away his helmet and then remembering the red star, searched and found it again.
America's Secret MiG Squadron The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG by Gaillard R. Peck Jr.