A vietnam veteran takes you into the cockpit and shares true stories of his flying career in this compelling memoir. He survived two combat cruises aboard the aircraft carrier uss kitty hawk from 1966–1968, and was shot at daily by enemy fire while completing 200 combat missions over Vietnam, compiled 332 career carrier takeoffs and landings, and shares the views of the aviators who flew along with him on these missions while fighting this unpopular war.
Tailhooker: Pre-Flight to Vietnam#ad - His historically accurate story begins with highlights of his Navy flight training to his assignment as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot in VA-22 The Fighting Redcocks. This book tells the story of a twenty year-old drafted into military service during the Vietnam War, then applying to enter US Navy pilot training.
Tailhooker refers to a military pilot who has landed on an aircraft carrier using a tail hook to catch the arresting wire on the flight deck. Dellicker's three tours as an Attack pilot and LSO. Tailhookers who wear the uS Navy Wings of Gold are renowned as the most skilled pilots in the Aviation community.
Tailhooker: Pre-Flight to Vietnam #ad - Intertwined with the war stories and close calls is a love story of two young people who met, became engaged in two weeks, and endured 18 months of war-time separation. The book chronicles facts about the frustrating air war in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 through Lt. Now, true love, after 45 years of marriage this story was written for their kids and grandkids as an accurate historical account of the Vietnam War, and Faith in God.
COME FLY WITH ME: Recollections of a Marine Fighter PilotThomas F. Kane #ad - Sixteen chapters of memorable flights. Memoir of a Marine fighter pilot in Vietnam era.
Angles of Attack, An A-6 Intruder Pilot's War#ad - Whether hunt was dropping laser-guided bombs on precision targets, supporting the Marines on the ground, or conducting attacks along the infamous “highway of death, ” America’s mission was clear – to force the invading Iraqi army out of Kuwait. Operation desert storm - america’s first full-scale conflict since Vietnam - proved to the world that the U.
S. Military was still battle-ready after decades of Cold War and set the stage for military interventions for years to come. Hunt’s gripping depiction of A-6 Intruders in combat is a thought provoking account of what America asks of her military every day. This…gulf war memoir is excellent; it really does put the reader in the cockpit.
Angles of Attack, An A-6 Intruder Pilot's War #ad - . Peter hunt’s enthusiastic account is one of the best of the type this reviewer has read in recent years. Peter mersky, the hook – journal of Carrier Aviation Book Review, February 2003. For the next six weeks, including all-weather low-level attacks, Hunt executed dozens of bombing missions into Kuwait and Iraq, A-6 Intruder missions so hazardous that they would never be flown in combat again.
From the carrier launch in total darkness to the gut-dropping rolls through enemy antiaircraft fire, Peter Hunt puts you in the pilot’s seat for the flight of your life. Moments after the first gulf war began, attack pilot Pete Hunt was catapulted into the night sky from the deck of the USS Ranger.
Above Average: Naval Aviation The Hard Way#ad - He captures the myriad of challenges that was Naval Aviation before the Vietnam War. D. Smith and his compadres were the squadron execs or COs who led us nuggets into the inferno of Vietnam… A huge tip of the hat to D. D. Commander smith flew 138 combat missions and made more than 800 carrier arrested landings.
D. No swaggering bravado here; this is a fresh, insightful look at life, luck and guts – in Vietnam and beyond. Smith. When i arrived in the fleet, D. This book will appeal to every naval aviator or NFO of whatever era. As the navy’s first chief test pilot, his tests in the F-14 led to the first EVER flat spin in a Tomcat – and it nearly killed him.
Above Average: Naval Aviation The Hard Way #ad - Smith's personal memoir of his years in naval aviation is more than a ‘I was there’ tale. Highly recommended. But the book is much more. Stephen coonts, ny times best-selling author of Flight of the Intruder -- “D. It is a cleverly written and refreshingly honest story of the author’s life and times as he fights his way from rural Minnesota to the blazing skies over North Vietnam.
Green Ink: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot#ad - He went on to command a fighter squadron from USS Midway home-ported in Japan and then went on to be Flight Leader and Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels. He found himself in the navy while growing up during Vietnam. The ledger he kept will bring you right there with him as he recounts many of those more than exciting missions including being shot down near Hanoi.
He was the first to shoot down two enemy airplanes and flew 350 combat missions during three deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk. He went on to command the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy. He flew f4 phantom to 85, 000 feet during operational test flights at the McDonnell-Douglas factor in St Louis. The biography of a navy fighter pilot who started out from immature, shaky beginnings.
Green Ink: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot #ad - Later at vx-4 in pt mugu, california he tested the F 14 Tomcat and flew the MiG 21 from Area 51.
Sherman Lead: Flying the F-4D Phantom II in VietnamOsprey Publishing #ad - Gail peck's arrival in-theatre coincided with the beginning of electro-optical and laser guided 'smart' bomb combat operations. Operating out of ubon royal thai air base, thailand in 1968–69, gail peck and his squadronmates in the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing were tasked with flying combat missions into North Vietnam and Laos at this time as part of Operations Rolling Thunder and Steel Tiger.
The f-4 was heavily involved in the air-to-ground mission at this time, with targets being well defended by enemy anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. Written by a pilot who flew near-daily combat missions, this engrossing book is the story of one man, the mighty F-4 Phantom II, his colleagues and his machine, at war.
Sherman Lead: Flying the F-4D Phantom II in Vietnam #ad - Sherman lead is the gripping story of a year flying the F-4 in combat during the Vietnam War, told through the eyes of a fighter pilot. There were periods of fierce combat interspersed with lulls, and the fighting was intense and unforgettable to those who participated. Some men lived through it, and others died without a clear understanding of why.
Rampant Raider: An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in VietnamNaval Institute Press #ad - Readers will discover how circumstances created heroe--heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause--and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. History. From the perspective of a junior naval aviator, gray reveals the lessons he learned first at the Naval Aviation Training Command and then in actual combat flying the Skyhawk from USS Bon Homme Richard in Vietnam.
Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. The book addresses how men react to service during contentious political times to offer lessons relevant today. A member of light attack squadron 212 s "Rampant Raiders, " A-4 pilot Stephen R. Gray writes about his experiences flying combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier during one of the most intense periods of aerial combat in U.
Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam WarPotomac Books #ad - The valor and battle accomplishments displayed by Oriskany’s aviators are legendary, but the story of their service has been lost in the disastrous fray of the war itself. After two years of suffering heavy losses, the ship caught fire—a devastating blow given the limited number of carriers deployed.
Strategy and reality collide in peter fey’s gripping history of aircraft carrier USS Oriskany’s three deployments to Vietnam with Carrier Air Wing 16 CVW-16. The johnson administration’s policy of gradually applied force meant that Oriskany arrived on station just as previous restrictions were lifted and bombing raids increased.
Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War #ad - Its tours coincided with the most dangerous phases of operation Rolling Thunder, the ill-fated bombing campaign against North Vietnam, and accounted for a quarter of all the naval aircraft lost during Rolling Thunder—the highest loss rate of any carrier air wing during Vietnam. With only three months allotted for repairs, Oriskany deployed a third and final time and ultimately lost more than half of its aircraft and more than a third of its pilots.
Fey portrays the oriskany and its heroes in an indelible memorial to the fallen of CVW-16 in hopes that the lessons learned from such strategic disasters are not forgotten in today’s sphere of war-bent politics. As a result cvw-16 pilots paid a heavy price as they ventured into areas previously designated “off limits” by Washington DC.
Named after one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War, the Oriskany lived up to its name.
Triple Sticks: Tales of a Few Young Men in the 1960sBernard Fipp #ad - Wanting something more than the draft and unknown to each other, they chose Naval Aviation as the next step in their lives. This memoir reads like fiction. They would become the pointy end of the stick in aerial battles over North Vietnam, the most heavily defended patch of real estate in the history of aerial warfare.
This "bunkroom" better known to them as Triple Sticks was the repository for a log in navy terms or journal written by these four young aviators. The author assures us it is not!Three years before they came together, four young American men left their fraternities and college campuses for an adventure exceeding their imaginations.
Triple Sticks: Tales of a Few Young Men in the 1960s #ad - One survived or did not according to his skill and luck. Forty years later this log was the genesis of this memoir. In the lethal environment over the northern reaches of North Vietnam or ashore in the Officer's clubs and bars of Asia, vivid aerial battles, bizarre behavior, uncommon loyalty, the writing brings to life wonderful humor, anger, frustration and respect.
. They were assigned junior officer's stateroom 0111 aboard USS Intrepid, a venerable aircraft carrier with a distinguished history. Generally, they were better than their navy peers, all qualifying for high performance aircraft to be flown from steel decks over foreign seas. They were to do this in 1967, the year in which Naval Aviation experienced its greatest losses.
These four young men, now lieutenants junior Grade, United States Navy, were ordered to Attack Squadron 34 to fly A4 Skyhawks into combat.
Before Topgun Days: The Making of a Jet Fighter InstructorSkyhorse Publishing #ad - Before topgun days puts you in the cockpit alongside Baranek as he embarks on the greatest adventure of a lifetime. Set before the events recounted in his previous memoir, Topgun Days, Baranek gives an honest and unflinching account of the anxieties, disappointments and excitements of entering the nerve-wracking and high-stakes world of fighter jocks.
Though deteriorating eyesight would keep that dream from becoming a reality, he soon found his calling as a radar intercept operator in the backseat of the sleek, new a Grumman F-14 Tomcat. Great job, author of whitey, Bio!” —Peter Mersky, F-8 vs. Mig-17, and us marine corps Aviation since 1912. This is an aviator’s book—for anyone who loves to reach for the sky.
Before Topgun Days: The Making of a Jet Fighter Instructor #ad - Wolfgang W. Samuel, colonel, USAF Ret. Followed by the months of deployments in the fleet in a combat-ready f-14 squadron, author of German Boy and In Defense of Freedom “Only someone who has actually experienced the demanding instruction required to earn this unique position in a flight crew, could hope to tell this story in such deeply personal detail .
. . An instructor in the navy’s topgun Program, Dave “Bio” Baranek had always dreamed of becoming a jet fighter. After graduating from college, he joined the navy to pursue that goal.