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Near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Red Eagles

America's Secret MiG Squadron

 

— 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron —

 
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By Craig Baker, April 20, 2021
1. Red Eagles Marker
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This tribute is placed to recognize all the men and women of the 'Red Eagles' and the many Higher Headquarters personnel who contributed to the success of Project Constant Peg.

From April 1977 to July 1990, the 'Red Eagles' of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron executed the secret mission of Project Constant Peg. The mission involved covertly obtaining and flying Soviet designed MiG-17, MiG-21, and MiG-23 fighter aircraft. Headquartered at Nellis AFB NV, the 'Red Eagles' flew out of remote Tonopah Test Range Airfield, located in the NW corner of the vast Nellis AFB NV training area. During the period July 1979 to March 1988, 'Red Eagle' pilots from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps secretly flew over 15,000 MiG sorties while exposing almost 6,000 Air Force, Navy and Marine fighter crews to the unique capabilities of the threat aircraft types they would likely face in the event of a conflict. Our secret was not publicly revealed until October 2006.

Special Honor is accorded to three dedicated men who lost their lives while performing the 'Red Eagle' mission.

Lieutenant Melvin

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By Craig Baker, April 20, 2021
2. Red Eagles Marker
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Hugh Brown, (USN), MiG-17 Mishap, 23 August 1979.

Captain Mark Francis Postai, (USAF), MiG-23 Mishap, 21 October 1982.

Technical Sergeant Rey Hernandez, (USAF), Industrial Mishap, 15 February 1984.
 
Erected 2018 by Red Eagles Alumni Association.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Cold. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1977.
 
Location. 39° 46.707′ N, 84° 6.885′ W. Marker is near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Greene County. Memorial is on Spaatz Circle near Spaatz Street. Located at the Museum of the Air Force, in Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Radar Station Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); 96th Bomb Group Association (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 671st Bomb Squadron (about 300 feet away); Enlisted Aerial Gunners (about 300 feet away); United States Air Force Security Police (about 300 feet away); 4950th Test Wing Crash Memorial (about 300 feet away); 6147th Tactical Control Group "Mosquitos" (about 400 feet away); Crew E-180, 307th Air Refueling Squadron (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Regarding Red Eagles. A Red Eagle MiG-23 fighter aircraft
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from Project CONSTANT PEG is on display inside the museum.
 
Also see . . .  Museum of the Air Force. (Submitted on April 20, 2021.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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