MiG-17/19 Aces of the Vietnam War Book Review
|Date of Review||March 2017||Title||MiG-17/19 Aces of the Vietnam War|
|Author||István Toperczer||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$23.00|
Pilots of North Vietnamese MiG-17s and MiG-19s performed credibly against more modern and numerous USAF and US Navy warplanes.
Now István Toperczer tells their tale in MiG-17/19 Aces of the Vietnam War – number 130 in Osprey Publishing's popular "Aircraft of the Aces" range.
Heavily seasoned with firsthand accounts – and checked, where possible, against official records – coverage recaps operations of three key Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) Fighter Regiments:
Names. Dates. Aircraft. Locations. All in chronological order – beginning in 1965. MiG-17 aces clearly dominate Toperczer's compact compendium: accounts of MiG-19 pilots consume just 11 of 96 pages. And none achieved ace on VPAF Farmers.
Dozens of photographs – especially of personnel – augment the account. Thirty color profiles offer plenty of model project possibilities. And extended captions, a list of "high scoring MiG-17 pilots", selected bibliography and index complete coverage.
Toperczer's tidy little tome perfectly complements his MiG-17 and MiG-19 Units of the Vietnam War (Osprey "Combat Aircraft" 25) and MiG-21 Units of the Vietnam War ("Combat Aircraft" 29).
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!