Mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Author: Richard L. Stevens
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN: 0806167904
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail Book Excerpt:

Taking the reader in the mountains and forests that the Americans called “Indian country,” Stevens presents the Viet Nam War as an extension of the romantic myth of the American frontier. In seven operations on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the reader enters an exotic, exhilarating, terrifying world. Documented by military reports, Steven’s powerful and poetic prose and his complex examination of the Viet Nam War elevate his Trail journey into the realm of myth.

Air Corps News Letter

Air Corps News Letter
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1324
Release: 1970
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Aeronautics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Air Corps News Letter Book Excerpt:

Ho Chi Minh Trail 1964 73

Ho Chi Minh Trail 1964   73
Author: Peter E. Davies
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 97
Release: 2020-09-17
ISBN: 1472842510
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ho Chi Minh Trail 1964 73 Book Excerpt:

The Trails War formed a major part of the so-called 'secret war' in South East Asia, yet for complex political reasons, including the involvement of the CIA, it received far less coverage than campaigns like Rolling Thunder and Linebacker. Nevertheless, the campaign had a profound effect on the outcome of the war and on its perception in the USA. In the north, the Barrel Roll campaign was often operated by daring pilots flying obsolete aircraft, as in the early years, US forces were still flying antiquated piston-engined T-28 and A-26A aircraft. The campaign gave rise to countless heroic deeds by pilots like the Raven forward air controllers, operating from primitive airstrips in close contact with fierce enemy forces. USAF rescue services carried out extremely hazardous missions to recover aircrew who would otherwise have been swiftly executed by Pathet Lao forces, and reconnaissance pilots routinely risked their lives in solo, low-level mission over hostile territory. Further south, the Steel Tiger campaign was less covert. Arc Light B-52 strikes were flown frequently, and the fearsome AC-130 was introduced to cut the trails. At the same time, many thousands of North Vietnamese troops and civilians repeatedly made the long, arduous journey along the trail in trucks or, more often, pushing French bicycles laden with ammunition and rice. Under constant threat of air attack and enduring heavy losses, they devised extremely ingenious means of survival. The campaign to cut the trails endured for the entire Vietnam War but nothing more than partial success could ever be achieved by the USA. This illustrated title explores the fascinating history of this campaign, analysing the forces involved and explaining why the USA could never truly conquer the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Firefly

Firefly
Author: Richard E. Diller
Publsiher: Dog Ear Publishing
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-04-19
ISBN: 1457519690
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Firefly Book Excerpt:

Once everything is set up, I roll in. Control stick hard left into a sharp left turn and let the nose drop quickly but smoothly to 40° down. Down. My heart is pumping hard. I'm in a sharp dive. I have to do it right and fast. Line up the target in the sight. It's getting bigger as I get closer to the ground. Airspeed is increasing! Quick! Right there! Pickle at 8,000 feet, only 2,000 feet from roll-in altitude. Not much time. NOW! Pull out! Pull hard, but don't over G! All the remaining ordnance is trying to pull the airplane toward the ground. Smoothly pull to four Gs. Watch the artificial horizon. It's the only visual reference I can count on. Pull! Get the nose up! Don't go below 7,000 feet because rocks can be anywhere below seven. There's level. Bring it on up. Twenty-five degrees nose high. I have plenty of speed, so keep the nose up. Here comes 8,000 feet. Then 9,000. I can let the nose down a little now and look around to see if anyone is shooting. It is 1969 and Dick Diller is on his way to flying warplanes in the Vietnam conflict. He is commissioned to fly A-1 Skyraiders in sometimes harrowing nighttime missions over Laos-surviving not only the danger of the missions he flew, but also the bureaucracy of the air force, from fitness testing to additional duties assigned, to attacking impossible-to-find targets in the dead of night-with minimal fuel supplies. At once entertaining and riveting, as well as thought-provoking, Firefly is the story of one man's journey in a world at war, and a day-to-day description of the fighting force that was flying A-1 Skyraiders in combat. Firefly contains actual transcriptions of dialogue of pilots locating a target and making a strike in northern Laos.

Phantom Reflections

Phantom Reflections
Author: Mike McCarthy
Publsiher: Stackpole Books
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2008-12-23
ISBN: 1461751470
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phantom Reflections Book Excerpt:

Hair-raising descriptions of aerial combat as seen from the cockpit of a fighter jet Thoughtful reflections on what it meant to fight in Vietnam As the Vietnam War raged thousands of miles away, Mike McCarthy completed his flight training in the United States, eager to get into the war and afraid it would end before he could participate. He needn't have worried. By 1967, he was flying his F-4 Phantom II fighter with the U.S. Air Force's 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, also known as Satan's Angels. Before his tour ended, McCarthy completed 124 missions during the intense air war over North Vietnam and Laos and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. His memoir recreates the horror and exhilaration of air combat.

Douglas A 4 Skyhawk

Douglas A 4 Skyhawk
Author: Jim Winchester
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2004-09-30
ISBN: 1473813735
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Douglas A 4 Skyhawk Book Excerpt:

The Skyhawk first entered service with the US Navy almost 50 years ago. It is still in service with various US units and remains the backbone of many of the air forces of those countries to which it has been exported. It was originally conceived as a carrier-borne fighter bomber, but as the aircraft has evolved it has taken on other roles.This is an in-depth look at the design, production, evolution, operation and performance of the aircraft. It will also include first-hand accounts of flying the Skyhawk in action.

On the Wings of Geezers

On the Wings of Geezers
Author: The Friday Pilots
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-04-05
ISBN: 1665519754
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Wings of Geezers Book Excerpt:

First person stories of The Friday Pilots of Tucson Arizona. Lessons learned flying the old airplanes in the old Air Force, Army and Navy in peace and war. They crashed, they burned, they laughed, they cried, they soared. These pilots are the REAL DEAL. They’ve been there, done that. You’ll enjoy.

Who Are Those Guys

Who Are Those Guys
Author: Thomas Mangan
Publsiher: Author House
Total Pages: 451
Release: 2014-08-30
ISBN: 1496935527
Category: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Are Those Guys Book Excerpt:

Who Are Those Guys can be used as a handbook for people who don't know anyone whose name is on the Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is also an excellent resource for schoolchildren who visit the Wall during a class trip to Washington. Walking along the Wall looking for the name of someone you know is a totally different experience from just walking along the Wall. Before you go to the Wall, or the Travelling Wall, look through the stories in Who Are Those Guys until someone's name, story, place of residence, or birthday catches your attention. Who Are Those Guys gives you the opportunity to learn something about someone whose name is on the Wall, so that when you walk along the Wall, you will be looking for the name of someone you know, instead of just walking along the Wall.

The Mammoth Book of Fighter Pilots

The Mammoth Book of Fighter Pilots
Author: Jon E. Lewis
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2011-08-04
ISBN: 1780332726
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Fighter Pilots Book Excerpt:

From yesteryear's flying aces to today's top guns... Veteran anthologist Jon E. Lewis has assembled firsthand accounts from all the great military campaigns of aerial warfare, including World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, the Gulf, and Bosnia. Page after exciting page of this singular collection brings into vivid play the exploits of such legendary pilots as Manfred von Richtofen, Eddie Rickenbacker, Douglas Bader, and Johnnie Johnson; the Luftwaffe World War II aces Heinz Knoke, Gerd Barkhorn, and Johannes Steinhoff; and forty other brave airmen from America, Britain, France, Japan, Russia, and North Korea. Here, too, are the planes in which these pilots flew into modern historythe Spitfire, the Mustang, the Me 109, the Zero, the F-16, the MiG, and the Harrier. Together with the death-defying drama of combat, this volume vividly captures other facets of the fighter pilot's life, including the perils of bailing out in enemy territory, the daily horrors of internment in a Japanese POW camp, and a harrowing account of being shot down in a blazing Spitfire. The true-life aerial combat adventures in this stirring collection provide a vicarious, adrenaline-fueled expedition into the shell-blasted skies of war in the twentieth century.

Phantom Leader

Phantom Leader
Author: Mark Berent
Publsiher: Mark Berent
Total Pages: 414
Release: 1991
ISBN: 0399136037
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phantom Leader Book Excerpt:

The Vietnam War comes to life through the American eyes of a stranded pilot, a POW, a general behind the lines, and others

Operation Linebacker II 1972

Operation Linebacker II 1972
Author: Marshall Michel III
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 97
Release: 2018-09-20
ISBN: 1472827597
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Operation Linebacker II 1972 Book Excerpt:

After the failed April 1972 invasion of South Vietnam and the heavy US tactical bombing raids in the Hanoi area, the North Vietnamese agreed to return to the Paris peace talks, yet very quickly these negotiations stalled. In an attempt to end the war quickly and 'persuade' the North Vietnamese to return to the negotiating table, President Nixon ordered the Air Force to send the US' ultimate conventional weapon, the B-52 bomber, against their capital, Hanoi. Bristling with the latest Soviet air defence missiles, it was the most heavily defended target in Vietnam. Taking place in late December, this campaign was soon dubbed the 'Christmas Bombings'. Using specially commissioned artwork and maps, ex-USAF fighter colonel Marshall Michel describes Linebacker II, the climax of the air war over Vietnam, and history's only example of how America's best Cold War bombers performed against contemporary Soviet air defences.

Apollo s Warriors

Apollo s Warriors
Author: Michael E. Haas
Publsiher: DIANE Publishing
Total Pages: 388
Release: 1998-05
ISBN: 9780788149832
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Apollo s Warriors Book Excerpt:

Presenting a fascinating insider's view of U.S.A.F. special operations, this volume brings to life the critical contributions these forces have made to the exercise of air & space power. Focusing in particular on the period between the Korean War & the Indochina wars of 1950-1979, the accounts of numerous missions are profusely illustrated with photos & maps. Includes a discussion of AF operations in Europe during WWII, as well as profiles of Air Commandos who performed above & beyond the call of duty. Reflects on the need for financial & political support for restoration of the forces. Bibliography. Extensive photos & maps. Charts & tables.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society
Author: Turner Publishing Co
Publsiher: Turner Publishing Company
Total Pages: 191
Release: 2004
ISBN: 1563116588
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Book Excerpt:

Access to Classified Live Sighting Information Concerning POW MIAs in Southeast Asia is New Legislation Needed

Access to Classified Live Sighting Information Concerning POW MIAs in Southeast Asia  is New Legislation Needed
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 560
Release: 1989
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Defense information, Classified
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Access to Classified Live Sighting Information Concerning POW MIAs in Southeast Asia is New Legislation Needed Book Excerpt:

Fly By Knights

Fly By Knights
Author: Roger D. Graham
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2022-08-16
ISBN: 147664683X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fly By Knights Book Excerpt:

By the time of the Vietnam War, the U.S. military had transitioned to jet aircraft. Yet leaders soon learned prop-driven planes could still play a role in counterinsurgency warfare. World War II-era Douglas B-26 light bombers proved effective in close air support and interdiction, beginning with Operation Farm Gate in 1961. Forty B-26s were remanufactured as improved A-26 attack aircraft, which destroyed hundreds of North Vietnamese supply vehicles on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1966-1969. The personal recollections of 37 pilots, navigators, maintenance and armament personnel, and family members, tell the harrowing story of B-26 and A-26 Air Commando Wing combat operations in Vietnam and Laos.

Racing Back to Vietnam

Racing Back to Vietnam
Author: John Pendergrass
Publsiher: Hatherleigh Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-10-24
ISBN: 1578267005
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Racing Back to Vietnam Book Excerpt:

In 1971, United Air Force flight surgeon John Pendergrass spent much of his time in the backseat of an F-4 Phantom, racing across the skies of Vietnam. Forty-five years later, he boards an altogether different type of aircraft and heads back to Vietnam for an altogether different kind of race—an IRONMAN® triathlon. A veteran of IRONMAN triathlons on six continents, Racing Back to Vietnam follows John’s year in combat and his return to Vietnam, revisiting a country that, for him, is bound up in history, memory and emotion. A memoir of war as seen from the skies and a reflection on life’s high adventure, John tries to reconcile the Vietnam he saw from the backseat of a fighter jet with today’s modern Vietnam. Thought-provoking, heartfelt and gripping, Racing Back to Vietnam is one man’s trip back through time on a journey of rediscovery.

The US Special Forces

The US Special Forces
Author: John Prados
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-05-05
ISBN: 0199354316
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The US Special Forces Book Excerpt:

The assassination of Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team 6 in May 2011 will certainly figure among the greatest achievements of US Special Forces. After nearly ten years of searching, they descended into his Pakistan compound in the middle of the night, killed him, and secreted the body back into Afghanistan. Interest in these forces had always been high, but it spiked to new levels following this success. There was a larger lesson here too. For serious jobs, the president invariably turns to the US Special Forces: the SEALs, Delta Force, the Green Berets, and the USAF's Special Tactics squad. Given that secretive grab-and-snatch operations in remote locales characterize contemporary warfare as much as traditional firefights, the Special Forces now fill a central role in American military strategy and tactics. Not surprisingly, the daring and secretive nature of these commando operations has generated a great deal of interest. The American public has an overwhelmingly favorable view of the forces, and nations around the world recognize them as the most capable fighting units: the tip of the American spear, so to speak. But how much do we know about them? What are their origins? What function do they fill in the larger military structure? Who can become a member? What do trainees have to go through? What sort of missions do Special Forces perform, and what are they expected to accomplish? Despite their importance, much of what they do remains a mystery because their operations are clandestine and the sources elusive. In The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know, eminent scholar John Prados brings his deep expertise to the subject and provides a pithy primer on the various components of America's special forces. The US military has long employed Special Forces in some form or another, but it was in the Cold War when they assumed their present form, and in Vietnam where they achieved critical mass. Interestingly, the Special Forces suffered a rapid decline in numbers after that conflict despite the fact that the United States had already identified terrorism as a growing security threat. The revival of Special Forces began under the Reagan administration. After 9/11 they experienced explosive growth, and are now integral to all US military missions. Prados traces how this happened and examines the various roles the Special Forces now play. They have taken over many functions of the regular military, a trend that Prados does not expect will end any time soon. This will be a definitive primer on the elite units in the most powerful military the world has ever known.

Here There are Tigers

Here There are Tigers
Author: Reginald Hathorn
Publsiher: Stackpole Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-01-24
ISBN: 0811741486
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Here There are Tigers Book Excerpt:

In-the-cockpit perspective on aerial warfare during the Vietnam War. Many never-before-heard stories--some of them tragic, others humorous.

Air University Review

Air University Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1982-05
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Aeronautics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Air University Review Book Excerpt:

The Navigator

The Navigator
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1979
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Navigation (Aeronautics)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Navigator Book Excerpt: