You and I can recommend books, but who can make anyone read them.
That is an interestimg point above orderimg the Spits to dogfight the Mitsubishi.
As you said, arrogance, and the feeling of superiorty gained, perhaps, in the Battle of Britain.
However, in the skies over England, the Spit could outmanuerver the Me 109 and was slighlty (maybe 15mph) faster.
Sometimes it only takes a bit of an edge.
I can't say i am shocked at the order.
After the 8-1 'kill ratio" in Korea, USAF pilots had a bit of a commupance when trying to deal with the "Fresco" which was much more manueverable.
The Fresco was an upgraded Mig 15 (Banjo).
Much of the kill ration was casued necause american piltots, often, were veterans and wielded the same 6 50's that they had become used to in WWII.
An experienced US Pilot 'flew' a Mig 15 into the ground using his experience and the P-51's maneuverabilty as weapons.
Target fixation played a part, I suppose.
I will post pics on a follow up post.
In the 80's one could purchase a Mig 17 boxed and crated from China.
The Chinese skipped the Mig 21 and upgraded the Mig 19 (Farmer?) at its Shenyang plant.
I believe the Indian Air force flew these well made aircraft.
I could not, honestly, judge Mr. Webb on his politics. I liked his books so well, I am prejudiced.
I try and point out from time to time that a lack of sanguinity is not a survival trait in this world just yet.
This is 'realpolitik" and I speak from this corner in the knowledge that when a nation cannot fight, it willnot win,,regardles of how much I disagree with the Iraq War's flawed Genesis.
Webb sounds like, as the best of often do, an aithor who was a grunt and knows the sickening side of war, any war.
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