The Must-read History of the United States Air Force’s Cold War Training Program, Now in e-book Format

April 27, 2011

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Osprey Publishing is proud to announce the release of Steve Davies’ Red Eagles in e-book format on May 3, 2011. Earlier this year, the book was named to the United States Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List for Military Heritage, putting in the hands of hundreds of servicemen what Air & Space magazine called, “a wonderful tale…supremely told.”

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From the late 1960s until the end of the Cold War, the United States Air Force acquired and flew Russian-made MiG jets, culminating in a secret squadron dedicated to exposing American fighter pilots to enemy technology and tactics.

Red Eagles tells the story of this squadron from the first tests of MiGs following the Vietnam War when the USAF had been woefully under-prepared in aerial combat. These initial flights would develop into the “black” or classified program known internally as Constant Peg. Despite many challenges, more than 5,900 American aircrews were trained.

For the first time, this book tells the story of Constant Peg and the 4477th Red Eagles Squadron in the words of the men who made it possible. Author Steve Davies interviewed many veterans of the squadron to tell the story, making for an in-depth and gripping read. As Publishers Weekly proclaimed in its review of the hardcover edition, “This is an engaging combination of an adventure story and a case study in military reform…Davies’ major achievement is his demonstration of the Red Eagles’ role in facilitating the USAF’s development into a potent instrument of air supremacy that remains important even in the current era of antiterrorism.”

Steve Davies is a freelance military and commercial aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He began writing in 2001, and has since authored six critically acclaimed books and co-authored three more. His newest release for Osprey is US Multi-Role Fighter Jets (April 2011). His photography can be found at www.fjphotography.com.

The new edition of Red Eagles will be available wherever e-books are sold. Osprey Publishing is the world’s leading publisher of illustrated military history. In business since 1968 and based in Oxford, England, Osprey has over 1,100 military reference titles in print and publishes over 100 new titles each year. Visit us at www.ospreypublishing.com.

Red Eagles / ISBN: 978-1-84908-840-4 / $20.75 / On Sale May 3rd, 2011

Media Contact: John Tintera Osprey Publishing, 718-433-4402, john.tintera@ospreypublishing.com

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