Biography & Autobiography

Flying Warrior

My Life as a Naval Aviator During the Vietnam War

Author: Jules Harper

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1683500679

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 195

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A Vietnam veteran takes you into the cockpit and shares true stories of his flying career in this compelling memoir. In this action-packed memoir, Jules Harper recounts the unique process of becoming a naval aviator, revealing his experiences as a brand new pilot in a combat squadron and, finally, a flying warrior. He survived two combat cruises aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk from 1966–1968, compiled 332 career carrier takeoffs and landings, and was shot at daily by enemy fire while completing 200 combat missions over Vietnam, and shares the views of the aviators who flew along with him on these missions while fighting this unpopular war. A recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, twenty-one Air Medals, and many other accolades, he offers readers a new understanding and appreciation of the warriors who protect not only their comrades in arms, but the defense of the nation as well.


Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War

Author: John Darrell Sherwood

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081479842X

Category: History

Page: 353

View: 9475

Military history looking at aviators during the second half of Vietnam. The stories are told through interviews and journal excerpts of the pilots and aircrew themselves. Great tradey title.

Launch the intruders

a naval attack squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972

Author: Carol Reardon

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas


Category: History

Page: 419

View: 9162

Each pilot and bombardier/navigator sat side by side in an all-weather jet built for low-level bombing runs, precision targeting, and night strikes. Their success-and their very lives-depended on teamwork in flying their versatile A-6 Intruders. And when the North Vietnamese mounted a major offensive in 1972, they answered the call. Carol Reardon chronicles the operations of Attack Squadron 75, the "Sunday Punchers," and their high-risk bombing runs launched off the U.S.S. "Saratoga during the famous LINEBACKER campaigns. Based on unparalleled across to crew members and their families, her book blends military and social history to offer a unique look at the air war in Southeast Asia, as well as a moving testament to the close-knit world of naval aviators. Theirs was one of the toughest jobs in the military: launching off the carrier in rough seas as well as calm, flying solo and in formation, dodging dense flak and surface-to-air missiles, delivering ordnance on target, and recovering aboard safely. Celebrating the men who climbed into the cockpits as well as those who kept them flying, Reardon takes readers inside the squadron's ready room and onto the flight decks to await the call, "Launch the Intruders!" Readers share the adrenaline-pumping excitement of each mission-as well as those heart-stopping moments when a downed aircrafts brought home to all, in flight and no board, that every aspect of their lives was constantly shadowed by danger and potential death. More than a mere combat narrative, "Launch the Intruders interweaves human drama with familial concerns, domestic politics, and international diplomacy: Fliers share personal feelings about killing strangers from a distancewhile navy wives tell what it's like to feel like a stranger at home. And as the war rages on, headlines like Jane Fonda's visit to Hanoi and the Paris Peace Accords are all viewed through the lens of this heavily tasked, har
Fighter pilots

Flying Low

Author: Brian Bryans


ISBN: 110538439X

Category: Fighter pilots

Page: 274

View: 8470

Biography & Autobiography


Author: Donald Davenport Engen

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 341

View: 9280

Rising from aviation cadet to vice admiral, Donald D. Engen played a key role in the Navy's remarkable transition from propeller planes to jet fighters that flew at twice the speed of sound. In this account of his first 25 years as a naval aviator during a time of great change, Engen vividly recalls the slow start, heroics, and hardships of the golden age of jet airplane development. 44 photos.

Bloody Sixteen

The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 During the Vietnam War

Author: Peter Fey

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 161234979X

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 6549

"The Vietnam aircraft carrier USS Oriskany and its aviators come to life in a well-researched memorial to the fallen of Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16). Fey explores how the disconnect between failed military strategy and the reality the crew of CVW-16 faced during Operation Rolling Thunder resulted in the highest loss rate of any carrier air wing during Vietnam"--

100 Missions North

A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War

Author: Kenneth H. Bell

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1574886398

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 6333

The author recounts some of the one hundred missions he flew in Vietnam, and describes the daily life of an American fighter pilot.

Flying from the Black Hole

The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam

Author: Robert Harder

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612513174

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 569

Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of pilots--their contributions undervalued, misunderstood, or simply unknown to the general public. This was especially the case with the non-pilot officer aircrew in the Vietnam and Cold War-era B-52 Stratofortress. Of the six people who operated the bomber, three wore navigator wings--two of those men were also bombardiers, the other an electronic warfare officer. Without the navigator-bombardiers in particular, executing the nuclear war strike plan or flying Southeast Asian conventional bombing sorties would have been impossible. This book reveals who these men were and what they did down in the "Black Hole," a story told by one of their own.

Air Warriors

The Inside Story of the Making of a Navy Pilot

Author: Douglas Waller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476750599

Category: Law

Page: 416

View: 2601

Veteran journalist Douglas Waller, who wrote The Commandos after observing the training of special forces soldiers, chronicles his rare and intimate experience with the training program for Navy pilots in Air Warriors. Waller, who was granted permission to participate in the pilots' grueling training regime, has written an absorbing behind-the-scenes account of the physical and psychological trials endured by the most specialized group of pilots in military history. From his bird's-eye view in the passenger's seat, Waller follows pilot trainees through two years of intense preparation. He offers vivid illustrations from the fray: hair-raising aerial dogfights; stomach-swallowing dive-bombing runs; highspeed tactical maneuvers grazing the desert floor; and numerous nerve-twisting aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings. In addition to his own experiences and those of the group of trainees he joins, his research is based on interviews with hundreds of other students and their instructors. Hurtling through the air at death-defying speeds, these pilots-in-training struggle to maintain their composure while withstanding conditions that are designed to challenge them to the very limits of human endurance. Waller's deftly drawn portraits of the men and women he encounters in this singular culture of elite pilots are as satisfying as his adventure narrative. The pilots, whose grit, determination, and mental agility operate on an elevated threshold, come into sharp focus behind Waller's keen lens: their aspirations, awe inspiring. Air Warriors combines an examination of the modern Navy, recovering from past sex scandals, with a portrayal of a privileged cadre of men and women whose ambition and commitment coexist within a tightly knit group. Waller is able to capture images of these pilots training, living, and fighting with an acuity and intelligence that are often absent from Hollywood and television treatments of this diverse and fascinating subculture. Air Warriors takes the reader for the first time inside the cockpit and behind closed doors for the real story of the making of a Navy pilot.

Triple Sticks

Tales of a Few Young Men in the 1960s

Author: Bernie Fipp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781432755867


Page: 432

View: 2602

Three years before they came together, four young American men left their fraternities and college campuses for an adventure exceeding their imaginations. Wanting something more than the draft and unknown to each other they each chose Naval Aviation as the next step in their lives. 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 become the pointy end of the stick in aerial battles over North Viet Nam, the most heavily defended patch of real estate in the history of aerial warfare. 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. They were assigned Junior Officer's bunkroom 0111 aboard USS Intrepid, a venerable aircraft carrier with a distinguished history. 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. Forty years later the Triple Sticks log was the genesis of this memoir. Aboard ship, in the lethal aerial environment over the northern reaches of North Viet Nam or ashore in the Officer's clubs and bars of Asia, the writing brings to life wonderful humor, bizarre behavior, vivid aerial battles, uncommon loyalty, anger, frustration and respect. You survived or you did not, according to your skills and luck. The memoir reads like fiction. The author assures us it is not.
Biography & Autobiography

Just Call Me Frank!

Memories of a Navy Jet Pilot

Author: Frank Hamrick

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781491042038

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5230

He was a country boy, born in the backwoods of West Virginia during the hard times of the Depression, who loved sports, but quit college to go after his dream of flying, and earned his wings of gold as a Navy jet pilot. Follow the stories of a Navy pilot who chose the military life and a career that covered a half-century of flying. Captain Frank Hamrick rose through the ranks, testing and flying 19 different types of transition aircraft for the Navy, names like Panther, Cougar, Fury, Crusader, Marauder, and Vigilante. Flying in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, he caught the leading edge of military jet aviation, and pioneered new ways of approaching aviation safety. The Navy became his second family. Often going head to head with senior officers, and with lessons learned the "hard way," he survived 135 combat missions over North Vietnam as a reconnaissance pilot, flying the almighty RA-5C Vigilante. He became a war plans writer in NATO Europe during the height of the cold war, and coordinated wartime contingencies for the tactical air forces of the 16 Nation Alliance, becoming Director of Warfare Operations and supervising the war room for NATO Atlantic.Still flying in 2003, with 10,000+ hours, he lived through the gut-wrenching experience of losing two close flying buddies in a T-39N mid-air collision, and he put down his wings as a pilot.

On Yankee Station

The Naval Air War over Vietnam

Author: John B. Nichols,Barrett Tillman

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612512860

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 4490

Combining vivid personal narrative with historical and operational analyses, this book takes a candid look at U.S. naval airpower in the Vietnam War. Coauthors John Nichols, a fighter pilot in the war, and Barrett Tillman, an award-winning aviation historian, make full use of their extensive knowledge of the subject to detail the ways in which airpower was employed in the years prior to the fall of Saigon. Confronting the conventional belief that airpower failed in Vietnam, they show that when applied correctly, airpower was effective, but because it was often misunderstood and misapplied, the end results were catastrophic. Their book offers a compelling view of what it was like to fly from Yankee Station between 1964 and 1973 and important lessons for future conflicts. At the same time, it adds important facts to the permanent war record. Following an analysis of the state of carrier aviation in 1964 and a definition of the rules of engagement, it describes the tactics used in strike warfare, the airborne and surface threats, electronic countermeasures, and search and rescue. It also examines the influence of political decisions on the conduct of the war and the changing nature of the Communist opposition. Appendixes provide useful statistical data on carrier deployments, combat sorties, and aircraft losses.

Fly Navy

Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation

Author: Alvin Townley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429920223

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 7478

Top Gun was only part of the story. Fly Navy delves beyond the Hollywood image to reveal the true mettle and genuine story of the elite men and women of naval aviation. For one hundred years, the U.S. Navy's aviators and crews have made the difference on military and peacetime missions around the world. Their unparalleled skill, preparation, and everyday dedication have paid off when it matters most: when lives are on the line. Together, these men and women—officers and enlisted personnel, past and present—have protected freedom, served their country, and forged a legacy of valor like no other. In this landmark book, Alvin Townley takes readers on an adventure around the world and across generations as he goes behind the scenes of naval aviation. From the skies over the Arabian Sea to the jungles of Southeast Asia to carriers patrolling the vast Pacific, he uncovers incredible stories of service members who survived weeks adrift at sea, made midnight rescues in deadly storms, crash-landed behind enemy lines, and found themselves in situations where their exceptional training and focus were the only things standing between life and death. Filled with inspiring personal accounts of courage, camaraderie, and sheer perseverance, Fly Navy pays tribute to the extraordinary individuals who have built naval aviation into the revered force it is today—and will remain tomorrow.

War for the Hell of It; a Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam

Author: Ed Cobleigh

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523680726


Page: 274

View: 6615

Ed, "Fast Eddie," Cobleigh served two tours of duty during the Vietnam air war, logging 375 combat sorties in the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber. In War for the Hell of It, Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter aircraft. With well-crafted prose that puts you into the Phantom's cockpit, Cobleigh vividly recounts the unexplainable loss of his wingman, the useless missions he flew, the need to trust his reflexes, eyesight, and aggressiveness, and his survival instincts in the heat of combat. He discusses the deaths of his squadron mates and the contradictions of a dirty, semi-secret war fought from beautiful, exotic Thailand. This is an unprecedented look into the state of mind of a pilot as he experiences everything from the carnage of a crash to the joy of flying through a star-studded night sky, from the illogical political agendas of Washington to his own dangerous addiction to risk. Cobleigh gives a stirring and emotional description of one man's journey into airborne hell and back, recounting the pleasures and the pain. the wins and the losses. and ultimately, the return.
Biography & Autobiography

Vulture's Row

Thirty Years in Naval Aviation

Author: Paul T. Gillcrist

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764300479

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4395

Told in anecdotal form, Vulture's Row tells a fascinating story about an important period covering nearly one half of the entire history of U.S. naval aviation. "Vulture's Row" is an area dubbed by naval flyers, on the island structure of an aircraft carrier where pilots who aren't flying can overlook carrier launchings and recoveries on the deck below. This new book by acclaimed author Paul Gillcrist is a series of true stories about the U.S. Navy carrier aviation from the perspective of a Navy pilot who spent thirty-three years directly involved in that exciting profession. The book begins with a series of vignettes in the period of the mid-1950s when the U.S. Navy introduced swept wing, jet-powered fighters into the aircraft carrier navy, flying from straight-deck carriers whose flight decks were made of teak wood. The thread of stories follows the author's career in chronological sequence, in various venues throughout the Navy. There are accounts from his first carrier deployment to the western Pacific, followed by events as a weapons delivery instructor at the predecessor to TOPGUN in El Centro, California. Some of his experiences as a Navy pilot are recorded in a section about Patuxent River, Maryland, the Navy's test center. Additional episodes include an unforgettable wing-walking flight. flying Japanese Zeros in the movie TORA!TORA!TORA! and the author's subsequent tour of duty in Pentagon conducting proficiency flights from our nation's capital. There are also accounts of combat missions over Vietnam and the author's experiences in both wing commander jobs, flying the F-4 Phantom II and the F-14 Tomcat. The last story is about his two flights, as a fifty-two year old Admiral, in the controversial F-20 Tigershark. These vignettes combine humor, hair-raising excitement and tragedy. Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist, a U.S. Navy fighter pilot, served also as a test pilot and weapons delivery instructor, and actively flew from sixteen aircraft carriers for over twenty-seven years. The author writes with authority as a former fighter squadron commanding officer who recorded 167 combat missions over Vietnam flying the F-8 Crusader. Subsequently, he commanded a carrier air wing and finally served, the rank of Rear Admiral, as the wing commander for all pacific Fleet fighter squadrons. His pilot's logbook includes over 6,000 hours, in seventy-one different types of aircraft from 1952 to 1981. He retired in 1985 as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations(air Warfare). He is also the author of TOMCAT!The Grumman F-14 Story, and CRUSADER! Last of the Gunfighters(both titles are available from Schiffer Publishing Ltd.).

A-3 Skywarrior Units of the Vietnam War

Author: Rick Morgan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472805666

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 7879

The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, though something of a cult favourite, remains a largely unremarked classic of Naval Aviation. Built for nuclear weapon delivery, the A-3 made its name in Vietnam as a conventional bomber, tanker and Electronic Warfare platform. It was the largest aircraft ever regularly operated from the decks of aircraft carriers, earning it the fleet-wide nickname 'Whale'. It excelled in every mission area assigned to it and operated in the US Navy for more than four decades, from 1956 through to 1991. Fully illustrated to depict the incredible array of paint schemes and its awesome size, this volume focuses on the type's Vietnam service, which saw the aircraft briefly used as a bomber over both North and South Vietnam from March 1965, before the Skywarrior proved far more valuable as a multi-role tanker (KA-3B) and tanker/tactical jammer (EKA-3B). The title includes details on all of these operations as well as more clandestine reconnaissance missions, and provides information about the men that flew them.

US Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam War 1963–1973

Author: Peter Mersky

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782006540

Category: History

Page: 112

View: 3136

The Skyhawk was involved in Vietnam from the very beginning, including the first offensive operations in 1963 into Laos, and the Pierce Arrow operations immediately following the Tonkin Gulf Incident of August 1964. Navy and Marine Corps A-4s quickly established a presence in south-east Asia participating in thousands of sorties against the entrenched communist forces in the South and the heavily defended targets in North Vietnam. A-4 pilots also struck targets along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, working with ground-based and airborne forward air controllers to interdict the flood of supplies to communist forces in the south. This book will include many first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew one of the greatest attack aircraft ever built and will provide an insightful account of some of the most thrilling aerial combats that took place during Vietnam.
Biography & Autobiography

Danger Close

My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Amber Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501116401

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 3331

Inspiring and “riveting…vivid and harrowing” (Sean Parnell, author of Outlaw Platoon), Danger Close is the first memoir of active combat by a female helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan. New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor raves, “Men and women alike will love this incredible tale of heroism, humility, and high-octane feats of bravery.” Amber Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter—whose mission, armed reconnaissance, required its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight—Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and rose to Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the Army. She learned how to perform and survive under extreme pressure, both in action against an implacable enemy and within the elite “boy’s club” of Army aviation. In Danger Close, Smith “covers each mission with edge-of-your-seat detail and a coolness that demonstrates how she gained the respect of fellow pilots and soldiers on the ground” (Library Journal). Smith’s unrelenting fight for both mastery and respect delivers universal life-lessons that will be useful to any civilian, from “earning your spurs” as a newbie to “embracing the suck” through setbacks that challenge your self-confidence to learning to trust your gut as a veteran of your profession. Intensely personal, cinematic, poignant, and inspiring, Danger Close is “the captivating story of one woman’s fight to serve her country in the direct line of danger” (Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on Fox News).

Sierra Hotel

Flying Air Force Fighters in the Decade After Vietnam

Author: C R Anderegg,Richard P. Hallion,Air Force History & Museums Program

Publisher: Military Bookshop

ISBN: 9781782664345

Category: History

Page: 230

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Originally published in 2001. From the foreword: "In February 1999, only a few weeks before the U.S. Air Force spearheaded NATO's Allied Force air campaign against Serbia, Col. C. R. Anderegg, USAF (Ret.), visited the commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Colonel Anderegg had known Gen. John Jumper since they had served together as jet forward air controllers in Southeast Asia nearly thirty years earlier. From the vantage point of 1999, they looked back to the day in February 1970, when they first controlled a laser-guided bomb strike. In this book Anderegg takes us from "glimmers of hope" like that one through other major improvements in the Air Force that came between the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Always central in Anderegg's account of those changes are the people who made them. This is a very personal book by an officer who participated in the transformation he describes so vividly. Much of his story revolves around the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada, where he served two tours as an instructor pilot specializing in guided munitions. But he also takes a look at other "Fighter Mafia" outposts in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Readers meet young Mafiosi like John Jumper, Larry Keith, Ron Keys, Joe Bob Phillips, Earl Henderson, Moody Suter, John Corder, Jim Brown, John Vickery, Jack Lefforge, Jack Ihle, Stump Bowen, Dave Dellwardt, Tommy Dyches, John Madden, and Dick Myers. As one might expect to find in a fighter pilot story, there is a lot of fun along the way. For a distilled example, consult the appendix on "Jeremiah Weed" (replete with instructions for drinking "afterburners"). Colonel Anderegg's book is likely to please anyone with an interest in fighter pilots and how they molded today's Air Force.
Biography & Autobiography

The Lonely Sky

The Personal Story of America's Pioneering Experimental Test Pilot

Author: William Bridgeman with Jacqueline Hazard,William Bridgeman,Jacqueline Hazard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781440158704

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

View: 836

"the excitement is magnificently reads with breathless attention..." ·New York Times·Orville Prescott "the drama, color and sheer readability of an exciting novel" ·Los Angeles Times·Henry Ladd Smith "one of the year's most fascinating adventure stories" ·TIME Magazine·Current and Choice "the most vivid account on test-piloting ever written." ·D.S. Dodson·Saturday Review Literature "this is one of the finest books on test flying the reviewer has seen." ·New York Times·B.K. Thorne "a philosophical and curiously prophetic book" ·Joseph Henry Jackson·San Francisco Chronicle "Bill Bridgeman and the Skyrocket, the stormiest, happiest, most enthralling love story you are ever apt to read" ·Scott O'Dell This is the powerful and enthralling story of a man who daily enters that lonely region beyond the speed of sound. A narrative of needle-nosed rocket powered ships flying at blistering speeds, it is also the moving testament of a man risking his life to push back the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Like St.-Exupéry, Bridgeman is capable of describing the vastness and beauty of the skies. But as America's foremost experimental test pilot, he is constantly aware of the multitude of technical information which he is called upon to use at any given instant. After the war, Bill Bridgeman left the Navy a restless man. Seeking action, he joined Douglas Aircraft as an engineering test pilot. Soon he was asked to take over the final stages of the Skyrocket testing program. The Skyrocket, a javelin-shaped experimental rocket powered ship, was a challenge to Bridgeman. The story of his day-by-day life with the plane is the substance of THE LONELY SKY. Bill Bridgeman died in an airplane accident in 1968.