they called it naked fanny helicopter rescue missions during the early years of the vietnam war

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They Called It Naked Fanny

Author : Scott Harrington
ISBN : 1555718418
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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."

Cheating Death

Author : George J. Marrett
ISBN : 9781588345523
Genre : History
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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.

Inherently Dangerous

Author : Paul Hauser
ISBN : 1533002290
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Paul Hauser's autobiography, INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, is an important contribution to our military history, some of which has never been made public before. Hauser uses his keen sense of observation as he and his fellow air force officers vividly convey what it was like in Vietnam and Thailand, under combat conditions to direct, by radio and radar scope, our fighter aircraft to intercept attacking enemy air forces, flight follow our aircraft while providing them with tactical information, and to control fighter/tanker rendezvous. INHERENTLY DANGEROUS contains a series of photographs and never before published declassified military maps. Three of Hauser's fellow officers added their personal combat stories to round out this important military history. Additional information for the book was derived from personal experience, declassified government documents and selected military biographies. Hauser, a former Air Force Captain, is the recipient of two U.S. Air Force Commendation Medals. INHERENTLY DANGEROUS stands as a tribute to all who served in the U.S. Air Force as Weapons Controllers.

Usaf And Vnaf A 1 Skyraider Units Of The Vietnam War

Author : Byron E Hukee
ISBN : 9781780960692
Genre : History
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USAF Skyraider units were originally tasked to serve as quasi-training units for the fledgling VNAF. Equipped only with the two-seat models of the Skyraider, American pilots were required to have VNAF 'observers' in the aircraft for every mission. Eventually, this arrangement was changed as enough Vietnamese pilots were trained to man their own squadrons, while USAF squadrons were tasked with close support for US ground forces. Eventually, no fewer than four USAF and seven VNAF Skyraider units saw service in Vietnam. Additionally, one A-1 training squadron flew from Hurlburt Field, Florida, throughout the Vietnam War era. In the ten years that this squadron was active, nearly 1000 USAF and 300 VNAF pilots were trained in the Skyraider. While the core mission of all Skyraider squadrons was Close Air Support (CAS), other missions were accomplished at various times. Among these were Search and Rescue (SAR), night interdiction on the Ho Chi Minh trail, helicopter escort and special forces support to name but a few. Each of these missions took full advantage of the Skyraider's ability to deliver a variety of munitions in close proximity to friendly forces while inflicting heavy casualties on enemy forces

Vietnam From The Back Seat

Author : Stephen T. Madden
ISBN : 153550126X
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We were minor cogs in the vast military machine supporting the Marine Corps air war in Vietnam. Unseen and unrecognized, hordes of enlisted men kept the wheels greased, the engines spinning and the windshields polished so that the pilots could accomplish their daily flying assignments.Every day the crew chief arrived early to inspect and prepare his machine for flight. Later he hopped in the back and participated in every combat mission. When the flying was finished, the enlisted men stayed behind to refuel and repair the bird so that it would be ready for the next day's adventure.This is the personal story of one enlisted man's journey from the drudgery of staging battalion in California to the almost lawless Wild West that was Marble Mountain Air Facility in 1970.For the most part no names are used because to the vast majority of the officers, we were just faceless drones in service to the hive. In Vietnam, it was understood that enlisted men were always assigned a higher level of expendability.Normalcy was to most of us an unreachable goal during our time at Marble Mountain. We prepared for the most extreme situations but found that reality sometimes even exceeded the imaginations of those who had trained us. The mind numbing boredom of transporting cargo would be unexpectedly replaced by the shock of having a bleeding and rapidly dying Marine slid across the deck and into your care. At the end of the day the brown mud and pools of darkening blood could be washed away but the visions of life and death that you were a part of would be with you forever.

Memories Of Naked Fanny

Author : Robert Dennard
ISBN : 0984486909
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Memories of NAKED FANNY is the personal story a then 19 year old Airman sent to Southeast Asia to support the "Secret War" in Laos. He was assigned to a ground crew loading bombs on the A-26 aircraft... aircraft that were flying night interdiction missions against the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In each chapter he recounts aspects of his year in the war, life at "Naked Fanny" and of the good & bad times. His memories give you a look into the bitter-sweet life that he and tens of thousands of Airmen lived while supporting combat operations in Laos.

The Vietnam War In Popular Culture The Influence Of America S Most Controversial War On Everyday Life 2 Volumes

Author : Ron Milam
ISBN : 9781440840470
Genre : Social Science
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Covering many aspects of the Vietnam War that have not been addressed before, this book supplies new perspectives from academics as well as Vietnam veterans that explore how this key conflict of the 20th century has influenced everyday life and popular culture during the war as well as for the past 50 years. • Addresses an especially eventful time in American history with long-lasting consequences—a period that has parallels with more recent events involving military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan • Provides coverage of Norman Lear, creator of the popular 1970s sitcom All In The Family, including information from a recent interview • Includes viewpoints from Vietnam combat veterans regarding how film and television portrayed the war they participated in and lived through • Supplies a chapter on the Vietnam veteran biker movement

Mohawks Lost

Author : Gerald Naekel
ISBN : 1533396175
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The eBook version of this book, here on Amazon, has most of the first chapter to read, while the print version preview is only a few pages long -- nothing I can control, but the eBook read is worth the couple minutes. The true stories of over 500 of my single-pilot combat flights, almost all of them in Laos and North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. I spent about 22-1/2 months flying in the only Mohawk unit with the armed OV-1 Mohawks - until my timing and luck all ran out at the same time and I was medavac'd to the Air Force hospital at Clark AFB in the Philippines and then a series of Air Force and Army hospitals. This book, or most of it, was previously published as WAR STORIES - From an Army Pilot Flying in the CIA's Secret War in Laos and was for years an Amazon great seller! Now it is has been updated, grammatically corrected with over a thousand changes, but pretty much the same 5-Star book. The 131st Aviation Company, while based near Hue in South Vietnam (I Corps, just below the DMZ), flew entirely in Laos and North Vietnam for over seven years until the last months of the war. Our secondary base for over six years was Udorn RTAFB, Thailand where we flew nightly hunter/killer teams with the Air Force and Laotian forces attacking Chinese trucks and tanks across northern Laos, near (or sometimes across) the border far to the northwest of Hanoi. This was the war in the Plain of Jars (PDJ) and much of this was run from the secret CIA airfield at Long Teign (Lima Site-20a), the most secret airfield in the world and home to much of the Air America fleet. Our two dozen Grumman OV-1 Mohawks were the only armed ones, and of the five Army Mohawk units, the other four operating only in South Vietnam, the 131st lost more aircraft and men than all the other units - combined. Nightly, from Phu Bai we flew pairs of SLAR/IR hunter/killer teams in southern Laos (Steel Tiger North and South) with the AC-130 Spectre gunships attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail around the clock. There we faced huge amounts of flak and other heavy anti-aircraft fire that were not an issue inside of South Vietnam. We ran SLAR, IR and VR (armed visual) missions around the clock in the southern ends of North Vietnam, including 24/7 SLAR missions right along the coast up to about Vinh. There the issue was Soviet SAM missiles, and flak and the rest of the heavy machine guns. Ditto for Laos. And we never got a single man back out of Laos at the end of the war. You go down in Laos - and you are gone for good.


Author : Robert Coram
ISBN : 0759527776
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever -- the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country's most legendary fighter aircraft -- the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story. Boyd, more than any other person, saved fighter aviation from the predations of the Strategic Air Command. His manual of fighter tactics changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights. He discovered a physical theory that forever altered the way fighter planes were designed. Later in life, he developed a theory of military strategy that has been adopted throughout the world and even applied to business models for maximizing efficiency. And in one of the most startling and unknown stories of modern military history, the Air Force fighter pilot taught the U.S. Marine Corps how to fight war on the ground. His ideas led to America's swift and decisive victory in the Gulf War and foretold the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On a personal level, Boyd rarely met a general he couldn't offend. He was loud, abrasive, and profane. A man of daring, ferocious passion and intractable stubbornness, he was that most American of heroes -- a rebel who cared not for his reputation or fortune but for his country. He was a true patriot, a man who made a career of challenging the shortsighted and self-serving Pentagon bureaucracy. America owes Boyd and his disciples -- the six men known as the "Acolytes" -- a great debt. Robert Coram finally brings to light the remarkable story of a man who polarized all who knew him, but who left a legacy that will influence the military -- and all of America -- for decades to come. ..

The Things They Carried

Author : Tim O'Brien
ISBN : 9780547420295
Genre : Fiction
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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