Starting officially in 1977, the U.S. Air Force implemented one of its most secretive, ambitious, and successful intelligence programs in its history, an amazing story that is still relatively unknown to this day. Through the ten-year life of its program, USAF personnel were able to acquire close to thirty Soviet MiG fighter, fighter-bomber, and interceptor aircraft for use in both evaluation and training of American and NATO fighter pilots. Although closely associated with many other U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, Constant Peg stands alone for both the depth and breadth of understanding it was able to achieve vis-à-vis Soviet aircraft technology and tactics during the Cold War.
This episode was written by Jason Ritterstein.
Jason is an attorney from the Baltimore, Maryland area who studied history formally as part of his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, and informally… always. Cultivating a fascination for both military history and military hardware since his youth, Jason hopes this episode is as enjoyable to listen to as it was to write.