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MiG-21 UNITS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 29)
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MiG-21 UNITS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 29)

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Istvan Toperszer. Having honed their skills on the subsonic MiG-17 and transonic MiG-19, pilots of the Vietnamese People's air force (VPAF) received their first examples of the legendary MiG-21 supersonic fighter in late 1965. Soon thrown into combat over North Vietnam, the guided-missile equipped 'Fishbed' proved a deadly opponent for the USAF, Navy, and Marine Corps crews striking at targets deep in communist territory. Although the communist pilots initially struggled to come to terms with the fighter's air-search radar and weapons system, the ceaseless cycle of combat operations quickly sharpened up their skills. Indeed, by the time the last US aircraft was claimed by a VPAF fighter in late December 1972, 13 pilots had achieved ace status. Well over 200 MiG-21s were supplied to the VPAF, and the numerous models, and the schemes they wore, are chronicled in great detail in this unique volume. Illustrated with over 100 contemporary photographs sourced from VPAF archives, this book also contains 19 all-new color profiles, maps and a color photo gallery. Soft cover, 96 pages