This book, Code Name Blue Tang, GMJ 15, is special to me as I wrote it with the help of my late wife who knew everything about the McDonnell Douglas F18 Super Hornet and many other aircraft, their systems and what they can do or not do. In life we had long discussions – we never argued – she was too smart to argue with, what will happen if they ever clash with the South African SAAB Gripen JAS39 and in this book, we take it further and find out.
It is known in South Africa, if not the rest of the world, that in the 1990s and later, the South African Air Force Cheetah C (a Mirage derivate based on the Israeli Kfir) went up against the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and won the training engagements. This caused shockwaves and at first she flatly refused to believe me and I am sure many other readers will not. But do a bit of research and you will find I am correct, the Cheetahs of 2 Squadron got the upper hand.
In the meantime, the Gripen JAS39 appeared and it will shoot down any Super Hornet if it can get close. In all my GMJ Books I say the above and I had some inquiries why I was so sure of my facts. Well, you will have to read Code Name Blue Tang, all 338 pages to understand why. Essentially, and without revealing too much, in the book Angelique set up such a dogfight. Yes, the Gripen JAS39, armed with the IRIS-T and V3E Agile Darter short range infrared missiles, takes on Spanish Air Force Super Hornets at the Overberg Missile Testing Range. There are strong rumours in real life, that this happened in 2009, and the Gripens won. So in the book we looked closely at ACM (air combat manoeuvres – dogfighting) as well as Colonel John Boyd’s Energy-Mass Theory on which all modern fighter jets and ACM is based. It is, as you can expect, one hell of a good story and something of a “Top Gun” in paper or e-publishing. It is technically correct and in a language we mortals can understand (I can see my late wife smiling now, she understood the technical parts much better than me, I had to hang on grimly as she explained patiently enough). As with all GMJ Books there are twists and turns to the plot and a surprise ending. You should know by now that Angelique Dawson does not do things half way or reveal everything to the story teller, her future husband and soul, Major Geoffrey Foxtrot. And yes, Angelique now knows she is in love with him.
All GMJ Books are written to honour my late wife but this one will stand out, it is a love story too and I very happy with it. I hope you will like it as it is worth your time to read it, you will walk away with a new understanding of world politics, dogfighting and what is known as BVR or beyond visual range missiles.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in sub Saharan Africa, a military and war historian and published author of 43 books. His late wife was an American Patriot that served with the U.S. Navy. His books are widely read among military veterans of many nations.