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This classic work—part of the Marine Corps reading list—makes full use of declassified U.S. documents to offer the first comprehensive study of fighter combat over North Vietnam. Marshall Michel's balanced, exhaustive coverage describes and analyzes both Air Force and Navy engagements with North Vietnamese MiGs but also includes discussions of the SAM threat and U.S. countermeasures, laser-guided bombs, and U.S. attempts to counter the MiG threat with a variety of technological equipment. Accessible yet professional, the book is filled with valuable lessons learned that are as valid today as they were in the 1960s and 1970s. Some 29 photos and 33 drawings and maps, including diagrams of both American and North Vietnamese formations and tactics, are included.
This book or better yet piece of work needs to be read by all who experienced the air war in VN. It will put in context what went on with regard to weapons, tactics and decision making in the HQ.
Based great research and a very fact based account of the progression of the way and how the AF and Navy responded to the political, tactical and technology changes.
Very readable once started I kept coming back to it over the weekend to finish. The only potential mistake that I became aware of was the number of B-52's shot down during the first raid Dec 1972.
Mr. Michel has professionalism (OK he used a former Naval aviator as an advisor) in getting the facts out and making the critical calls make this work something any one involved in military aviation both within the military, political and industry world a must read.
The acknowledgement up front Mr. Michel states that if a veteran of Rolling Thunder and Linebacker will give it to their friends and say "this is a good book." the book will be successful.
So for other veterans and friends who take the time to read this book it is extremely successful.