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Scream of Eagles: The Creation of Top Gun and the U.S. Air Victory in…

by Robert K. Wilcox

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Quite interesting. The author describes how in the late 60's the US Navy found itself unable to defeat the N. Vietnamese air force, despite using their latest aircraft the Phantom. The middle portion deals with th invention of what became Top Gun and the final third describes the efforts of the school's graduates to apply their lessons to actual battle. It finishes with a climactic battle in 1972 with multiple air combats and 4 or 5 migs destroyed. A good book slightly marred by the author' s hero worship. ( )
  Davidmullen | Nov 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743497244, Mass Market Paperback)

The mission:

Become the most skilled, highly-trained, and deadliest

fighter pilots in the world.

The place: TOP GUN

In the darkest days of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy's kill ratio had fallen to 2:1 -- a deadly decline in pilot combat effectiveness. To improve the odds, a corps of hardened fighter pilots founded the Fighter Weapons School, a.k.a. TOP GUN. Utilizing actual enemy fighter planes in brutally realistic dogfights, the Top Gun instructors dueled their students and each other to achieve a lethal new level of fighting expertise. The training paid off. Combining the latest weaponry and technology, mental endurance, and razor-sharp instincts, the Top Gunners drove the Navy's kill ratio up to an astounding 12:1, dominating the skies over Vietnam.

This gripping account takes you inside the cockpit for an adventure more explosive than any fiction -- in a dramatic true story of the legendary military school that has created the most dangerous fighter pilots the world has ever seen.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:43 -0400)

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