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Chronology - Design and Development - The Strategic Situation - Technical Specifications - The Combatants - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Aftermath and Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading - Glossary
Suppression of North Vietnam's surface-to-air missile defences during the Vietnam War as USAF pilots battle with supersonic Soviet ground-to-air missiles, initiating a totally new concept of air war.
Peter Davies is based in Bristol and has written or co-written several books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, Gray Ghosts. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.
"Davies, using first-hand interviews given by US pilots and North Vietnamese missile technicians, separates the interweaving histories of each system into clear and concise segments -- while illustrating the dramatic encounters between American aircrews and Hanoi defenders." --Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com ..".the author takes a look at the design and development of both of the weapons systems, then looks at the strategic situation in which these weapons found themselves during the war. There is a section on the technical specifications of the systems, followed by a piece on the training of the combatants. Much of the book then goes on to detail the combat action between the two forces, following up with an analysis of the event and what came afterwards. All of this is superbly illustrated with maps, cutaways, and period photographs, making this edition a must-have for those interested in the combat capabilities of these two machines." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness ..".provides a fine survey of combat aircraft used in Vietnam ... unpublished documentation and photos from North Vietnamese sources provide additional, rare references suitable for any military collection strong in Vietnam military history." --The Midwest Book Review (August 2011) ..".makes an unusual but fascinating 'Duel' subject that should appeal to more than just Vietnam veterans." --Jon Guttman, Vietnam (August 2011)