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MiG Aces of the Vietnam War

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MiG Aces of the Vietnam War

István Toperczer

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Based on research and personal interviews, this book presents the most successful North Vietnamese pilots’ careers from their training years to their missions and aerial victories. There were nineteen aces in the Vietnamese People’s Air Force during the war. An additional eight MiG pilots were also successful in dogfights; each claimed four aerial victories. More than 240 illustrations feature rare war-era photography, color MiG profiles, maps of air engagements, and lists of air victories and losses that reconstruct the events that took place over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1973.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 245 color images | 248 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348952 | Binding: hard cover


István Toperczer was born in 1963, Hungary. He graduated in the University of Medical Sciences in Pécs. He worked for ten years in the Department of Traumatology of the County Hospital. From 1996, he is serving as a specialized flight-surgeon for the Hungarian Air Force. He served two half years as military surgeon in Afghanistan. In the past twenty years, he has been a writer and photographer of aviation magazines as a member of the National Federation of the Hungarian Journalists. He has already published more than five photography albums about the Hungarian Air Force. From 1994, he made several visits to Vietnam, where he collected archive materials and interviewed famous North Vietnamese MiG pilots and aces. Following in-depth research he published three books about Vietnamese People’s Air Force from the war years.