Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG Killers 1972 73 is
the latest release from Osprey Publishing and is number 55 in their Combat
The title of
this book is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps it should have been titled USAF F-4
Phantom II Operations 1972 73 The MiG Killers, because that is what
the book is all about.
As well as
describing the actual MiG killing missions flown, it also provides a complete
history of the USAF operations during the air war over Vietnam during this
period. It's all there in exact and precise detail; the call signs used, the
people involved the ground crew personalities as well as the pilots/RIOs, the
equipment used, the tactics, everything!
follows on from the author's previous Osprey publication,
Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 45 - USAF F-4 Phantom II
MiG Killers 1965 68 and is written in the same exacting and complete
style. The book comprises five chapters, four appendices and an index. The
Echoes of Rolling Thunder
That Don't Smoke.
Multi-Mission Phantom IIs.
Backing the 'Buffs'
- USAF 4
Phantom II MiG Killers 1972-73. Meat and potatoes stuff here, it is a
complete list and includes details on the date of the kill, the MiG type,
the type of F-4 used by its serial number, its Wing Code marking, the crew,
the call sign of the aircraft, and the weapon used in the shoot down.
drawings (in 1/96 scale). These cover early and late build F-4Ds and Es.
description of the 27 colour plates.
Captions to the 17 colour photographs.
also contains twelve pages that hold 27 colour profiles. These profiles have
been painted by Jim Laurier. All of them show MiG killing F-4s in the South
East Asia camouflage scheme of two greens and a tan over light grey under
surfaces with appropriate squadron and individual markings. Further artwork
appears on the front cover, this time by Mark Postlethwaite.
The book is
also very well illustrated with both colour (17) and black and white (83)
photographs. As with the text, the photographs are a complete history of the
period and include everything from the expected 'grip and grin' congratulatory
shots to shots of patches worn by the participants.
itself has 96 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard covers and is
the same size as the Aircraft of the Aces and Combat Aircraft series produced by
As far as
I'm concerned, this is an excellent book. Not only does it record the
circumstances of the MiG kills scored, it also gives you a full and complete
picture of the air war over Vietnam in its final stages.
Osprey has published this book. If it was from any other publisher in hardback,
we would be paying a whole lot more for it!
is aimed more at the enthusiast than the modeller. It will not help you with
close-up detail shots of F-4s to help you detail your latest masterpiece. It
does however give you an understanding of what it was like to fly the F-4 in
combat in the final stages of the Vietnam War.
Osprey Publishing for the review
|USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG
(Combat Aircraft 55)
Author: Peter E. Davies
Illustrator: Jim Laurier
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: May 10, 2005
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841766577
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