Randall Cunningham ("Duke"). Biography. Fighting. Ranks. Photo.
The US Navy soon realized that the need of combat training. Postgraduate courses were opened tactics, there is also studied maneuvering in combat against enemy aircraft. Cunningham - his nickname "Duke" took out of respect for the principles of the American movie star John Wayne - he was at the forefront of graduates Top Gun, so began to call these courses, and after the war in the air reached its climax in 1972 was he great to use received courses lessons.
Randall won their first victory over the MiGs, 19 8 in January and May, both using rockets "Sidewinder". Heavier "Phantom" was superior in power and it was not difficult to climb ahead of the MiG. But in such cases it would have been ahead of blinking and it could easily be shot down! Cunningham talks about a similar situation in the battle:
"I found that getting ahead of the MiG and can substitute a blow. Stop the engine, the opponent is observed and try to drum and go on a slanting path my tail. As soon as I saw his back and guessed maneuver, he added speed and made a takeover target, being in position at an angle of 7 hours, but having the minimum radius of action. The opponent turned over, trying not to let me and my slave out of his sight, we walked scissors sharp angle at the outer radius to its reversal. He tried to turn around, his nose fell through, and he continued to move forward "," MiG flew to the ground, we fired a missile AIM-9, which is only slightly damaged aircraft. But then there was a small flame, and he's swooping, hit the ground. "
Cunningham after the war served in courses Top Gun instructor, then he engaged in the same questions of military planning. The resignation came in January of 1987
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