By Gaillard R. Peck Jr.
This publication is the tale of a gaggle of army pioneers who have been reason on utilizing their adventure and information to enhance 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 dissatisfied with the extent of educating provided to US fighter pilots. He was firm to make sure that US fighter pilots have been unbeatable within the air relatively opposed to their chilly conflict adversaries flying the already mythical MiG fighter jets. operating with the aid of common Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and below stipulations of the upmost secrecy the consistent PEG application used to be introduced with Peck because the unique «Red Eagle.»
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The enlisted team put together by Bobby Ellis was without equal anywhere. You guys could do anything, and you did it regularly. Over the years I have kept up with the initial Assistant Chief of Maintenance Don Lyon, along with master aircraft mechanics Steve Hovermale and Tommy Karnes, and jet engine mechanic Ike Crawley. Our chats, laughs, and memories have been the fuel that motivated me. I love hanging out with the pilots too, but you guys, along with the rest of the initial cadre, make me smile just to think about you.
These were numbered from I to VI and generally flowed from the south to the north. RP I was just north of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam. The exception to this division was the area around Hanoi and nearby Haiphong, which was designated RP VI. “Pak 6,” as the pilots referred to the area, was further divided into RP VIA (Hanoi) and RP VIB (Haiphong). Generally, the USAF had responsibility for operations in RP VIA and the US Navy dealt with targets in RP VIB. This split between the services placed the US Navy area of responsibility (AOR) closest to the aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin, while the USAF AOR to the west was closer to its air bases in Thailand.
During this critical period, the USAF’s senior leadership consisted primarily of officers with bomber and transport experience. , and on minimizing peacetime training accidents. Through these short-sighted priorities, the combat-focused, fighter pilot community was marginalized and ultimately ill-prepared for the challenges they were to face in the most hostile skies over North Vietnam. Their knowledge of enemy aircraft and their understanding of potential opposing tactics was limited at best, as was their ability to execute even the tactical fundamentals of air combat.