Since the end of World War II, the US Navy has sought to build its own fleet of aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons - independently of the Air Force, which has instead sought to maintain a monopoly. When the sailors succeeded, it was time to attack the sound barrier.
When the USN gave up its ambition to own nuclear bombers in 1963 under pressure from the USAF, it was left with modern A-5A aircraft, which it incurred at considerable cost. Now it was necessary to figure out what to do with them in order to maximize the benefits and minimize the resulting financial loss.
Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.
When the car runs out of fuel just in front of the gas station, you can push it towards it. But what to do if the same thing happens to an aircraft in flight? Plus a jet fighter, the most modern creation of its time ... the same. Push.
The best pilot Risner had ever met in his life was not an American, but a MiG-15 pilot with whom he had fought. To a duel that ultimately brought losses on both sides.