Responses and Comments
Comment: OK, NOVA, what's with the Russian Hero stuff? Some of the air footage was
significant. But... why all the hype about the Ruskie AF? Was there a political
agenda here? The show was the most canted, one-sided, bunch of BS regarding
relative strength of U.S. vs. Russian Tactical air power I've ever heard.
Let's get the facts straight next time!
Meloufek, ex U.S.A.F. fighter pilot, AO3035988
Comment: As a longtime member of the US government, I have spent a lot of my time
analyzing a wide variety of "threats" to our country. Today, as when I first
began my job, many in the circles I travel never look farther than the
technology of an adversary—and very rarely at the human element behind it.
I can only hope that other members of the US Government watched "Top Gun Over
Moscow," in order to remind themselves of the faces behind the aircraft which
the Russians are flying today. Technology is not the threat, the person behind
it is. Hats off again to another well presented episode of NOVA!
M. Roland Walczak
Comment: Very enjoyable program. But with discrepancies not evident to the layman. It
might seem to a Frogfoot pilot that it takes 30 minutes for an American pilot
to strap into his bird and then only with the help of many. But I don't know
any of these people. I DO know that it took me only one minute to have my F15
rolling out of the barn and on my way to take off. And without anybody helping me to strap in. And
why doesn't NOVA sponsor a REAL American fighter pilot such as myself to go to
Russia and then see what happens in a SU-27 or 35? I will be happy to go!
Comment: NOVA's special on the Russian airforce was both entertaining
& informative. I was able to visit the Russian air museum at Monino and
was shocked at the condition of the airbase alongside the museum. Pieces of
planes scattered about with grass growing through cracks in the runway. The
Russian airmen didn't seemed to be bothered by any of of this, but were wearing
their uniforms with pride as though they were on top of the world. With
Russia's continuing economic collapse, how long will it all last?
Comment: My congratulations and thanks for an absolutely top drawer NOVA episode
on Russian aviation. Jeff Ethell, the moderator, was tremendously interesting
and made the show personal, insightful, and fun. The video sequences were
exhilarating, and the Russians themselves appearred warm and human. Nice job!
William S. Grabowski
Comment: The show was very interesting and informative, with great visual effects. A
couple of quibbles, though. You left the impression that the MiG-15 bested the
F-86 in Korea. In fact, the victory:loss ratio was 4:1 in favor of American
pilots. All 49 American aces in that war flew F-86's. Also, you reported that
the Russian pilots boasted that they fought all their battles at home, in
defense of the motherland. An aside about the many proxy wars the Soviet Union
fought, sending thousands of "advisers" and Cuban surrogates would not have
been uncalled for.
Comment: As an aeronaut and an aviation flight nurse who has hovered at the end of a
military runway at 10,000 feet above sea level and watching a group of F14
Fighter jets take off with afterburners aglow and reach my eye level in a few
short second, a short distance away. thanks for sharing that awe of eye. A
wonderful show reminding one again of the precious history of aviation and the
subsequent lives given for it's development and refinement. To be reminded that
they fly faster than the sun sets...
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