FINDINGS IN THE PROJECT RED BARON REPORT

  • ¬†Aircrews of multi-role fighters tended to have such a diverse range of missions that they seldom had a chance to master air combat tactics.
  • Those who were shot down rarely saw the enemy aircraft or even knew they were being engaged.
  • Few, before flying into combat, had any experience against the equipment, tactics or capabilities of the enemy's smaller, highly maneuverable fighters.

RECOMMENDATION: Employ realistic training that "can only be gained through the study of, and actual engagements with, possessed enemy aircraft or realistic substitutes."