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Gunsmoke USAF Worldwide Gunnery Meet #MISFT0012
Gunsmoke USAF Worldwide Gunnery Meet
Motorbooks International

 The book, Gunsmoke USAF Worldwide Gunnery Meet, is a concise but authoritative review of the biennial aircraft gunnery competition hosted by the United States Tactical Fighter Weapons Center at Nellis, AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada.  This gunnery meet represents to the participants the same challenge as is faced by United States Navy pilots at their Top Gun school or the United States Air Force pilots at their Red Flag exercises both of which focus on air-to-air combat.  The USAF Worldwide Gunnery Meet brings together the best Tactical Air Forces' air-to-ground units from the United States and abroad for an intensive two week "extravaganza" of flying, bombing, strafing, weapons loading and aircraft maintenance events.  These "Gunsmoke" events are somewhat unique in that they measure precision not just in terms of bombing and strafing but also in terms of the many support personnel involved with servicing the aircraft used in competition.  "Gunsmoke" captures all the color and action, the hard work, the tension and triumph of this "grueling" contest.  The teamwork and spirit of the teams along with the bright paint schemes used on the competing aircraft is also unique to this competition.  In particular, the nose art harkens back to World War II when most United States Army Air Corps aircraft had some type of bright paint jobs.  The categories competing for the top prize include the following: 1) Overall Top Gun; 2) Overall winning team and 3) Individual team winners in every category.  The major sections of this book are as follows: 1) Introduction; 2) History; 3) Training to Win; 4) Welcome to the Home of the Fighter Pilot; 5) Stick and Rudder vs. the Microchip; 6) Shootout; 7) Low Level to Tolicha; 8) Hanging Iron; 9) The Maintenance Game; 10) Behind the Scenes; 11) And the Winners are... and 12) Epilogue.  In addition to an informative narrative, "Gunsmoke USAF Worldwide Gunnery Meet" includes the following features: 1) Approximately 56 black and white photographs and 2) About 41 color photographs.  This book is 128 pages and is in excellent condition.  The author is John W. Sheehan Jr..  Edition published in 1990.   


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