BE THERE to see what it was really likeRIDE ALONG and determine what you would have done when another man's life was literally hanging in the balanceFEEL what it meant to save a life, and what it meant to lose oneEXPERIENCE heart pounding ...
Author: Dave Richardson
Publisher: Vietnam Air Rescues
Eavesdrop, as a father recounts to his adult children his exploits as an Air Force "Jolly Green" combat rescue helicopter pilot in Vietnam. BE THERE to see what it was really likeRIDE ALONG and determine what you would have done when another man's life was literally hanging in the balanceFEEL what it meant to save a life, and what it meant to lose oneEXPERIENCE heart pounding action in Vietnam Air Rescues
The thrilling rescue of “Streetcar 304” and William Jones's selfless act of heroism that earned him the Medal of Honor are but two of the compelling tales he recounts.
Author: George J. Marrett
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
They flew low and slow, at treetop level, at night, in monsoons, and in point-blank range of enemy guns and missiles. They were missions no one else wanted, but the ones all other pilots prayed for when shot down. Flying the World War II-vintage Douglas A-1 Skyraider, a single-engine, propeller-driven relic in a war of “fast-movers,” these intrepid US Air Force pilots, call sign Sandy, risked their lives with every mission to rescue thousands of downed Navy and Air Force pilots. With a flashback memory and a style all his own, George J. Marrett depicts some of the most dangerous aerial combat of any war. The thrilling rescue of “Streetcar 304” and William Jones's selfless act of heroism that earned him the Medal of Honor are but two of the compelling tales he recounts. Here too are the courages Jolly Green Giant helicopter crews, parajumpers, and forward air controllers who worked with the Sandys over heavily defended jungles and mountains well behind enemy lines. Passionate, mordantly witty, and filled with heart-pounding adrenaline, Cheating Death reads like the finest combat fiction, but it is the real deal: its heroes, cowards, jokers, and casualties all have names and faces readers will find difficult to forget.
Besides the HH - 43s at Nakhon Phanom and Bien Hoa , the Air Force employed
HU - 16 amphibians to rescue pilots downed at sea . A total of ten rescue
detachments were based throughout South Vietnam and four in Thailand . To
Author: Bernard C. Nalty
Publisher: Arco Pub
Gives the technical specifications for helicopters, fighters, and other aircraft, and tells how they were used in Vietnam
This is a story that has never been told in its entirety but is an integral part of U.S. Air Force aviation history.
Author: Scott Harrington
Publisher: Hellgate Press
During the early years of the Vietnam War, several small cadres of men served their country and their fellow comrades-in-arms from a remote airbase cut out of the jungles of northeast Thailand. The base was named Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, but the men assigned there had a special name for it: "Naked Fanny." Initially they were assigned to rescue military pilots shot down over Laos or forced to leave their aircraft over Thailand. But as the war expanded, their mission changed and they were asked to fly into hostile situations in North Vietnam, making numerous rescues--detailed here by the pilots who flew them and those who were rescued. This is a story that has never been told in its entirety but is an integral part of U.S. Air Force aviation history. Scott Harrington has compiled and written the story of those early years of the Vietnam War at the little base just west of the town of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. After reading it, you'll understand why these fragile aircraft and the men who flew them were often referred to as "Blades of wood - Men of steel."
" "Fields draws on Air Force radio logs, after-action reports, and extensive interviews with all participants - including the wives at home - to tell the story.
Author: Kenny Wayne Fields
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
"The Rescue of Streetcar 304 is Fields' exhilarating narrative of the forty hours that followed and what turned out to be one of the largest and most spine-tingling air rescues of the Vietnam War. Fields mixes humor and drama as he recounts close encounters with Pathet Lao guerillas, and nearly being killed time and again by friendly bombs. He describes in riveting detail the radio chatter between participants and the stress effects of coping with fear, sleep deprivation, wild animals, and relentless AAA. By the time it was over, the U.S. Air Force had flown 189 sorties to rescue Fields, and in the process four pilots ejected, seven planes were lost or heavily damaged, and one pilot became a POW for five years." "Fields draws on Air Force radio logs, after-action reports, and extensive interviews with all participants - including the wives at home - to tell the story. The result is a gripping tale of courage and brotherhood on both battlefield and home front."--BOOK JACKET.
26 In all , approximately 80 percent of all U . S . bombing over North Vietnam
during this period originated in Thailand . ... missions , Thailand ' s bases also
saw extensive use in Vietnam - related air rescue and reconnaissance
Author: R. Sean Randolph
Publisher: University of California Inst of East
Examines the entire post-World War II period, but concentrates on the years 1965-1976 (time of the Vietnamese Conflict). Asks what led Thailand to identify its interests with the U.S.
United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-wing Aircraft Losses in
Southeast Asia 1961-1973 Chris Hobson ... Follow ' ing the loss of the first tuo
USAF aircraft in South Vietnam Detachment 3 of the Pacific Air Rescue Center
Author: Chris Hobson
Publisher: Midland Pub Limited
This book is a most thorough and detailed review of all the fixed wing losses suffered by the USAF, USN and USMC over a 12-year period. The information, culled from a huge variety of sources, is a chronological recording of each aircraft loss including information on unit, personnel, location, and cause of loss. Information is also provided on the background or future career of some of the aircrew involved. Interspersed with the main text is general background information which helps to put the detailed entries into perspective and includes material on campaigns, units, aircraft and weapons, and other relevant topics. A selection of photographs is included, illustrating the various entries in the chronological sections, and there are extensive orders of battle, plus an index of personnel, as well as statistics of the war, list of abbreviations, glossary of code names and a bibliography.
Moral Imperative is the story of how air power covered the withdrawal of our ground forces in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and of the air rescue operations that protected air combat crews still in the fight.
Author: Darrel Whitcomb
"This book tells the story of search and rescue (SAR) operations in Vietnam, focusing on the underrepresented year of 1972-the last year of the war in which US forces were still engaged in combat. Rescue, or at least the promise of rescue, was fundamental to the American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines still engaged in the war. Darrel Whitcomb has uncovered a trove of rescue stories: stories of soldiers cut off from their units; advisors trapped with allied forces; contract pilots ready to do rescues in Laos; special operators in Laos, or Cambodia, or North Vietnam, or even in the hinterlands of South Vietnam. Taken together, they present a larger message, one of national commitment to bring our men home from that war."--
Between September 1951 and July 1953 the US Air Force ' s air rescue and
special operations unit used helicopters to rescue 41 ... D . Vietnam War C .
Korean War Articles Articles 40 : 1997 1950 - 54 Crane , Conrad C . “ NO
Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.
Opposite : Air rescue in hostile jungle was not the intended duty of ' Pedro ' , the
Kaman HH - 43 Huskie . But when little else was available in Vietnam this odd
little helo coped valiantly . In this view a Huskie lowers a paramedic to tend the ...
Author: Jerry Scutts
Publisher: Bantam Books
Flying gunships of the United States are one of the most potent weapons of conventional warfare. Their history and development are described in detail.
Much more than a chronicle the events of 27 June 1972, the book gives the reader an up-close look at the little known world of the U.S. Air ForceÕs elite aerial rescue force.
Author: Kevin O'Rourke
American military special operations forcesÑRangers, SEALs, and othersÑhave become a well-recognized and highly respected part of our popular culture. But whom do these elite warriors look to in their times of greatest need: when wounded on the battlefield, cut off deep behind enemy lines, or adrift in the expanse of the worldÕs oceans? They look skyward, hoping to catch a glimpse of their own personal guardian angel: a U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper (PJ) who lives, and sometimes dies, by the motto that others may live. Taking Fire provides an up-close look into the heroism and mystique of this little known segment of the Air Force Special Tactics community by focusing on one of the most dramatic rescues of the Vietnam War. It was June 1972 and Capt. Lynn Aikman is returning from a bombing mission over North Vietnam when his F-4 Phantom is jumped by an enemy MiG and shot down. He and his backseater Tom Hanton eject from their crippled aircraft, but Hanton lands near a village and is quickly captured by local militia. Badly injured during the ejection, Aikman lands some distance from the village, and there is a chance that he can be recovered if American rescuers can reach him before the enemy does. Now on the ground and drifting in and out of consciousness, Captain Aikman looks up and suddenly sees his guardian angel in the form of USAF Pararescue Jumper Chuck McGrath. As Sergeant McGrath is preparing to hook the downed pilot to a hoist line, he sees it fall to the ground. Hostile fire on the hovering Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopter has damaged the hoist mechanism causing the operator to cut the line. While circling A-1 Skyraiders strafe the militia to keep them away from Aikman and McGrath, the helicopter crew races to come up with a plan. ItÕs getting dark, and theyÕll only have one chance. Taking Fire is an exciting, highly dramatic story of life and death over North Vietnam. Much more than a chronicle the events of 27 June 1972, the book gives the reader an up-close look at the little known world of the U.S. Air ForceÕs elite aerial rescue force.
The downed aircraft was an OV - 10 forward air controller ( FAC ) out of Vietnam .
It had been shot ... Sandy One and Sandy Two were a flight of AIE Sky Raiders
and normally escort the CH - 53 ( Jolly Green Giant ) rescue helicopters . As I flew
Author: Bill Greenhalgh
Presents the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA), a nonprofit war veterans organization dedicated to bringing together rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Posts contact information for the head quarters in Citrus Heights, California via mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail. Contains information on membership, subscribing to VHPA publications, and annual reunions. Provides a membership report and individual war stories. Links to related organizations and helicopter unit sites.