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Aircraft of Red Flag: The Ultimate Air-to-Air Combat Exercises

Aircraft of Red Flag: The Ultimate Air-to-Air Combat Exercises Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2021 Title Aircraft of Red Flag: The Ultimate Air-to-Air Combat Exercises
Author Scott Cuong Tran and Nick Tran Publisher Key Publishing
Published 2021 ISBN 9781913870119
Format 128 pages, softcover MSRP (GBP) £17.99

Review

“Red flag is not only important for military Air Forces,” authors Scott Cuong Tran and Nick Tran write, “but it is also a boon to aviation photographers.”

It’s “also a boon” to aviation modelers. And their lavishly illustrated Aircraft of Red Flag: The Ultimate Air-to-Air Combat Exercises proves it.

Packed with 140 striking color shots, the 128-page annotated opus from Key Publishing’s Air Forces Monthly (AFM) magazine spans seven picture-packed chapters:

  • Support Aircraft
  • Strategic interdiction
  • Blue force fighters
  • Red force fighters
  • Contract support
  • International participants
  • Thunderbirds

Color & markings mavens! Grab your drool cups!

Images capture multiple views of most aircraft liveries. And photos depict machines in operational guise – weapons, warts, and all.

Weathering your Warthog’s belly? Check that stunning shot of two A-10Cs on the contents page. Ditto for that view of 82-0665 much later.

And that occasions a gripe: most pages are not numbered. So if you’re waxing enthusiastic over a particular scheme to Aunt Millie, she might have to ferret the photo favorite herself.

Oh, yes … and that’s “Lightning” – not “Lighting” – on page 64.

Quibbles like those don’t diminish AFM’s handy handbook.

BONEs and BUFFs. Vipers and Eagles. Hercs, Hornets, and Honey Badgers. Mudhens and more!

Tran team’s cool, colorful compendium promises plenty of potent project possibilities.

Recommended!

My sincere thanks to authors for this review sample!