March 7, 2017

Vietnam 1965-73 by Peter Davies Illustrators: Jim Laurier Gareth Hector

By Peter Davies Illustrators: Jim Laurier Gareth Hector

The Vietnam struggle positioned unforeseen calls for upon American army forces and equipment.The valuable US naval fighter, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom, had initially been designed to safeguard the Fleet from air assault at lengthy variety. even if, its large energy and bomb-carrying ability made it an visible candidate for the assault project in Vietnam from 1965 onwards. Its opponent used to be the MiG-17, an instantaneous descendant of the MiG-15, which had given USAF Sabre jets a troublesome struggle within the Korean warfare. This ebook brings to existence tat developed as pilots realized the way to use and to defeat supersonic opponents for the 1st time.

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Vietnam 1965-73

The Vietnam battle put unforeseen calls for upon American army forces and gear. The imperative US naval fighter, the McDonnell F-4 Phantom, had initially been designed to safeguard the Fleet from air assault at lengthy diversity. notwithstanding, its great strength and bomb-carrying means made it an seen candidate for the assault project in Vietnam from 1965 onwards.

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Above 595 knots at altitudes below 16,000ft, the airframe suffered from severe buffeting and the flying controls were rendered virtually useless. The undercarriage typified the fighter’s manual/mechanical systems. To lower it meant flipping a toggle switch, activating a pump and allowing hydraulic pressure to build up prior to pushing down a handle to lower and lock the undercarriage. The hydraulic pump then had to be switched off. In the F-4 the same procedure required a single switch movement.

Ft 243 sq. 6in. tall, replaced three on each MiG-17 wing. As with earlier MiGs, the “Farmer’s” rear fuselage could be detached for engine access. An unpainted MiG-19S was sometimes used as bait for US fighters, which would in turn be jumped by camouflaged MiG-17s in “pop-up” attacks from low altitude. This particular aircraft is a Chinese-built J-6, and it has been on display in the VPAF Museum in Hanoi for many years. (Dr István Toperczer) 35 THE STRATEGIC SITUATION 36 The first batch of Soviet-built VPAF MiG-17s was flown in from China to Noi Bai on August 6, 1964.

Refuelling was by the gravity method via two filler caps behind the cockpit, with a third at the side of the rear fuselage for the 35-gallon tank that was located beneath the engine exhaust pipe. In all respects the maintenance of the aircraft was very simple, using basic tools and lubricant cans. The single hydraulic system powered the landing gear, flaps, airbrakes and aileron actuating mechanism. Two pneumatic systems actuated the wheel brakes, pressurised the cockpit and charged the guns, as well as providing a back-up system to lower the undercarriage and flaps.

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