Randall Cunningham ( "Duke"). Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.
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Randall Cunningham ( "Duke"). Biography. Fighting. Ranks. A photo.

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.

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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:

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“I found that I was overtaking MiG and could be put in jeopardy. I muffled the engine, the enemy noticed it and tried to make a barrel and go along the oblique trajectory into my tail. As soon as I saw and guessed it, the response maneuver added speed in position at an angle in the 7 clock, but with a minimum radius of action. The enemy turned over, trying not to let me and my slave out of his sight, we went with a scissors sharp angle on the outer radius to his turn. He tried to turn around, his nose failed I, and he continued to move forward, “MiG flew to the ground, we fired the AIM-9 rocket, which only slightly damaged the aircraft. But then a small flame appeared, and he, diving, hit the ground.

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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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