Photo courtesy of the Cold War Museum
Practice makes perfect.
That was an idea that the United States military carried out.
Through part of the Cold War, the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron — a secret MiG squadron that was also known as the Red Eagles — had the purpose of combating pilots.
This process taught the pilots methods for beating aircraft that was using Soviet strategies, according to a release from the Cold War Museum.
In operation from 1978 to 1987, the Red Eagles were set up at Nellis Range, which is near Area 51.
Col. Jack Manclark will talk about the squadron at Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road in Vint Hill, on November 10.
A retired member of the United States Air Force (USAF), Manclark took part in many fighter operation tours.
He served as the 64th Aggressor Squadron Operations Officer and Commander of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, which was also known as the Red Eagles.
Following his retirement in 1994, Manclark became the Director of Test and Evaluation for the Senior Executive Service is now a National Air and Space Museum Docent.
Manclark earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and his Masters in Management from Troy State University in Alabama.
The Cold War Museum and the brewery are hosting the presentation, which begins at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available on eventbrite for $35. They will cost $45 at the door.
Anyone who can’t attend the presentation can purchase a ticket online and receive access to the video by emailing Cold War Museum Executive Director Jason Hall at Jason@coldwar.org.
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