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MiG-21 Aces of the Vietnam War
Aircraft of the Aces 135
Having learned their trade on the subsonic MiG-17, pilots of the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) received their first examples of the legendary MiG-21 supersonic fighter in 1966. Soon thrown into combat over North Vietnam, the guided-missile equipped MiG-21 proved a deadly opponent for the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps crews striking at targets deep in communist territory.
Although the communist pilots initially struggled to come to terms with the fighter's air-search radar and weapons systems, the ceaseless cycle of combat operations quickly honed their skills. Indeed, by the time the last US aircraft (a B-52) was claimed by the VPAF on 28 December 1972, no fewer than 13 pilots had become aces flying the MiG-21. Fully illustrated with wartime photographs and detailed colour artwork plates, and including enthralling combat reports, this book examines the many variants of the MiG-21 that fought in the conflict, the schemes they wore and the pilots that flew them.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
." . . full of valuable information including detailed accounts of aerial combat, and is quite a bargain. Four out of five stars!" - Air Classics Magazine
"Pays justifiable tribute to the Vietnamese pilots who flew against the United States." - VVA Veteran
"This new title could very well be the best of the books written by Toperczer about North Vietnamese MiGs and their pilots. The book is more than a rehash of earlier works published by Osprey, and an astute reader will note the page count has increased by 16 pages, allowing for the inclusion of many photos of the MiG-21 during the war. With artist Gareth Hector's exciting cover painting and regular Osprey artist Jim Laurier's illustrations, it's more than worth its modest price. I highly recommend it." - Peter Mersky, Naval Aviation News