Welcome to the forty-fifth episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast!
The Air Force created a super-secret squadron located in the Nellis Air Force Base Range Complex, The 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron called “The Red Eagles.” Rob Zettel is one of the world’s subject matter experts on adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures from his experience flying the F-5E Tiger II with the 26th Aggressors in The Philippines and Russian Air Force MiG-21 Fishbed and MiG-23 Flogger with the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron. Z-Man discusses his experiences flying F-4 Phantoms and being an Aggressor pilot in the famous Red Eagles.
Two books are available on the 4477th TES and their MiGs, the first called America’s Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Constant Peg written by one of the founders Colonel Gail Peck. The second book is Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs by Steve Davies.
Prints of the MiG-21 and MiG-23 Rob flew with the Red Eagles are available from Wall Pilot, custom aviation art for the walls of your home, office, or hanger. These four, six, or eight-foot-long prints can be peeled off and stuck to any flat surface but many customers just frame them.
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Next week we talk to a US Navy SH-3 Sea King pilot and learn how the Sikorsky Sea King came about and some of the incredible missions the Sea King was equipped to perform… including carrying nuclear weapons!
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