(Nov 10, 2PM) What was it like to fly top-secret Soviet aircraft as a US pilot? Ask the squadron commander.
The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Col. Jack Manclark (USAF, Ret.) on
Being The Bad Guys: The Top-Secret Red Eagles vs. The Best US Combat Pilots
Col. Jack Manclark (USAF, Ret.) is the former Squadron Commander of the Red Eagles, America’s Top-Secret MiG squadron. He’ll tell us their story. Their job was to be much better than America’s best combat pilots, and to beat them again and again in dogfights until they learned how to defeat advanced MiGs flying with Soviet tactics.
The 4477 Test and Evaluation Squadron operation, code name Constant Peg, was classified Top Secret—Special Access and operated out of Tonopah Test Range, a remote location in Nevada, not far from Area 51. The squadron, known as the Red Eagles, operated from 1978 to 1987 and was a tri-service operation manned by Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fighter Pilots. The 4477TES flew MIG-17, MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft with no flight manuals and very little tech data or spare parts. During the 1980s they operated a fleet of 26 MiG aircraft and flew over 17,000 sorties with the Soviet aircraft. Over 6,500 US fighter crews participated in the Program.
Tickets are $35 on Eventbrite and $45 at the door. All tickets include a free drink coupon courtesy of @oldbustheadbrewery. For those interested but unable to attend, contact [email protected] to receive the video file for the price of a ticket.
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