Re: AF Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program

Message posted by lone wolf on November 17, 2006 at 12:54:37 PST:

Details of secret MiG squadron unfold

By Bruce Rolfsen
Staff writer

Imagine having to fly and maintain Soviet MiG fighters without tech data
and spare parts.

That was the challenge airmen assigned to the 4477th Test and Evaluation
Squadron faced for 12 years when the unit’s secret assignment was to fly
about two dozen MiG fighters.

This week, the Air Force began allowing former 4477th squadron members
to talk about their experiences. Air Force Times interviewed three
members for a story appearing in the Nov. 27 edition of the paper, on
newsstands Monday.

The squadron was based at an airfield in the midst of southern Nevada’s
isolated Tonopah Test Range, the airmen said.

About 220 airmen and 25 MiGs were assigned to the squadron. Most of the
airmen were either senior non-commissioned officers or veteran pilots
who had flown as aggressors or weapons school instructors. There were
also Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

The squadron’s main mission was to fly against units deployed to Nellis
Air Force Base, Nev. The deployed pilots would spend two weeks learning
how MiG-17s, 21s and 23s flew and fought.

The MiG pilots would fly as many as three sorties a day with most
flights lasting less than an hour.

When the MiG pilots and maintainers went home to their families in the
Las Vegas area, they couldn’t tell the families any details of the

Even when two pilots died flying MiGs, the Air Force couldn’t disclose
the details.

Please excuse

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In Reply to: AF Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program posted by Manta on November 16, 2006 at 6:36:42 PST:


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