USAF F-4 Phantom II Mig Killers 1965 68 by Peter Davies
is the latest addition to Osprey's ever expanding Combat Aircraft series.
The book begins at the period of the withdrawal of the
F-100 Super Sabre from escort duties and the introduction of the then new F-4
Phantom. The evolution of tactics and the use of missiles set the scene for the
later chapters where one -on-one encounters with aircraft of the Vietnamese
People's Air Force are described by the USAF pilots involved.
It comprises five chapters:
- First Fights
- BOLO and beyond
- May Massacre
- F-4D and the AIM-4D
Four appendices round it all out. The first one is a list
of all the kills achieved by F-4 flying USAF members between 10 July 1965 and 14
February 59 in all. The appendix also provides information on the serials of
the F-4 (where known) involved, the crew names, the weapon used to achieve the
kill, and the callsign of the aircraft. This inclusion of the callsign is
indicative of the level of research undertaken by the author.
The second appendix provides captions to the 28 colour
profiles featured within the pages and on the back cover. These captions are
very detailed and include the facts surrounding the shoot down as well as the
ultimate fate of the aircraft.
Appendix three provides captions but these are to the 16
period photographs included in the colour section. These captions are equally
well researched and detailed.
The final appendix contains 1/96 scale line drawings of the
F-4C on two pages.
The 28 colour profiles have been provided by Jim Laurier.
Two of them are in the early grey and white scheme first worn by USAF F-4s, with
the rest in the South East Asia (SEA) camouflage scheme of two greens and a tan
over light grey undersurfaces. Whilst the SEA scheme is arguably drab Laurier
has portrayed them accurately and they compare well with photographs of their
All up, a very well researched and excellently presented
book that will provide you with a full and very complete picture of the early
years of air war over Vietnam from USAF eyes. From a modeller's viewpoint, it
doesn't help you with walk around type photos. It does however help you
understand the what, why, where and when for fans of the F-4 Phantom.
|USAF F-4 Phantom II MiG
(Combat Aircraft 45)
Author: Peter E. Davies
Illustrator: Jim Laurier
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: May 25, 2004
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841766569
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Last updated 08 June, 2004
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