Combat in the Sky

Airpower and the Defense of North Vietnam, 1965-1973

  • Subject: Fall 2023 Catalog | Vietnam War | Cold War | Aviation & Space
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    25 b/w photos
  • Published:
    October 15, 2023
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9 × 6 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    25 oz
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The air war between Vietnamese People’s Air Force (VNPAF) and the United States lasted nearly eight years, with hundreds of thousands of combat missions carried out and nearly four hundred dogfights. Combat in the Sky: Airpower and the Defense of North Vietnam, 1965-1973, is the English edition of the definitive North Vietnamese work on Vietnam War airpower. Here,  Đồng Sỹ Hưng depicts the relevant events in chronological order from the first air battles to the VNPAF’s attacks on Tân Sơn Nhất Airfield (April 1975).

The air war in Vietnam was the first modern conflict in which the two opposing sides used jet-powered aircraft equipped with air-to-air missiles. In addition to his analysis of the strategic calculations, especially by the North Vietnamese, and the operations carried out, the author also details the technical characteristics of the weaponry used, as well as the changes in tactics applied in each phase of the war. Dong provides the most unique perspective of this aspect of the conflict available in the English language.

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Editorial Reviews

“We've needed a book like this for years, and this one delivers. Đồng Sỹ Hưng, an accomplished MiG pilot, gives us a fresh, challenging take on air combat from the North Vietnamese perspective. Bringing new Vietnamese and Russian sources to English readers for the first time, this work is sure to provoke discussion, but it’s a must-read for anyone studying the Vietnam War.”—Michael W. Hankins, curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and author of Flying Camelot
“Đồng Sỹ Hưng presents a thoughtful and authoritative analysis of airpower in the Vietnam War from a North Vietnamese perspective. This unique study from “the other side of the hill,” which combines technological sophistication with an understanding of the strategic context, adds new insight into the conduct of the Vietnam War and its downstream effects on contemporary air operations. Combat in the Sky is a must-read for anyone interested in the many dimensions of airpower.”—Professor John Andreas Olsen, Colonel, Royal Norwegian Air Force
"At last we have accounts of all the aerial battles over North Vietnam from a Vietnamese perspective. Combat in the Sky is essential reading for those piecing together the clashes between the MiGs and their American adversaries."—Michael E. Weaver, PhD, associate professor, Department of Air Power, Air Command and Staff College