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F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991

F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2017 Title F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25: Iraq 1991
Author Douglas C. Dildy, Tom Cooper Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2016 ISBN 9781472812704
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $20.00


Douglas C. Dildy and Tom Cooper competently chronicle the clash of Operation Desert Storm jets in F-15C Eagle vs MiG-23/25 – number 72 in Osprey's "Duel" series.

Subtitled "Iraq 1991", coverage follows the publisher's familiar format.

Contents commence with brief introductory notes recapping American and Soviet air combat tactics since World War II. A 30-year chronology charting the evolution of both nations' fighters then follows.

This seamlessly segues to "design and development" and "technical specifications" sections on the MiG-23, MiG-25 and F-15. Where with the Soviets be without American intake configurations?

Equipment assets addressed, Dildy and Cooper subsequently survey the "strategic" setting and "combatants". Human factors proved critical in the coming conflict. And authors especially spotlight training and tactics as key considerations.

Osprey's effort hits apex with multiple "combat" accounts – beginning with the solitary Iraqi MiG-25 victory, and coursing through several F-15C kills over Iraqi MiG-25s and MiG-23s.

Sidebars augment the account. Photos visually flavor text. Color 3-views, cockpit layouts, formation schematics and action illustrations further spice the study. And an "aftermath", selected bibliography and index conclude contents.

In the end, USAF Eagles scored, as the book's "analysis" reveals, an "unprecedented" 15-to-0 kill ratio over enemy MiGs. Authors attribute the "overwhelming success" to the "well-trained and aggressive" American fighter pilots.

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My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!