100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War

100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War

by Ken Bell
     
 

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In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous "Thud", in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate. What was it like to face these odds day after day? We learn that men sustained by faith in each other and joined by the unique bonds of combat can overcome anxiety, fear,…  See more details below

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In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous "Thud", in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate. What was it like to face these odds day after day? We learn that men sustained by faith in each other and joined by the unique bonds of combat can overcome anxiety, fear, and even terror to achieve common goals.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Had me sweating bullets."

"An engrossing account. His powers of description are outstanding: air-combat buffs will thrill to his knuckle-whitening recall."

"The story of the F-105s flying against North Vietnam has been told before but seldom as well."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597973298
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
559,792
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

While a member of the USAF space program, Ken Bell volunteered to fly F-105s in Vietnam. He won two Silver Stars and three Distinguished Flying Crosses, one of which he earned as leader of the first strike on the Kep Airfield. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 as a brigadier general and lived in Monument, Colorado, until his death in 2009.

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