Blue Max

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N. G. Brown is currently in sales and management, but during the Vietnam war he was a Huey and Cobra gunship pilot for the U. S. Army. The experiences of that time have impacted profoundly on his life, sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. For many years now he has been trying to put some of those thoughts and experiences into words on paper. BLUE MAX: Missions & Memories is the culmination of over 25 years of writing effort.
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Overview

N. G. Brown is currently in sales and management, but during the Vietnam war he was a Huey and Cobra gunship pilot for the U. S. Army. The experiences of that time have impacted profoundly on his life, sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. For many years now he has been trying to put some of those thoughts and experiences into words on paper. BLUE MAX: Missions & Memories is the culmination of over 25 years of writing effort.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781598004984
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,379,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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N. G. Brown is currently in sales and management, but during the Vietnam war he was a Huey and Cobra gunship pilot for the U. S. Army. The experiences of that time have impacted profoundly on his life, sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. For many years now he has been trying to put some of those thoughts and experiences into words on paper. BLUE MAX: Missions & Memories is the culmination of over 25 years of writing effort.
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At this point, both Bill and I had vertigo. The buffeting of the storm, lack of visual reference, lightening flashes and a failed attitude indicator had ganged up on us. We had no idea which way was up. The vertical speed indicator pegged out, down. Our vertical speed showed a decent in excess of 6,000 feet per minute.
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  • Posted October 25, 2011

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    Highly Recommended reading for those who want to read about Vietnam Aviation

    Blue Max Missions and Memories, is an amazing and well-written book that is particularly meaningful to me because the author and I served together in the same unit and sometimes we were on the same aircraft. I was already in the unit when Mr. Brown arrived in my Charlie Battery 2nd Battalion 20th Artillery (ARA) of the 1st Calvary Division. That was in 1968 and I was still there when Mr. Brown left for the sates in 1969.

    My tour in Vietnam, November 1967 until June 1969 differed from Mr. Brown because I was an enlisted soldier. My story can be read about in 'Empty Tubes And Back Seat Memories'.

    I always had great respect for helicopter pilots in Vietnam. As I read Blue Max Missions and Memories, I found myself profoundly moved. Mr. Brown's words drew me into that helicopter world that I lived so many years ago. His book was the first book about Vietnam that I could not put down until I was finished. Was it that I was there with Mr. Brown during many of these missions, his use of words he used, or something else, I cannot tell you the answer to that. Some books are too graphic, so I cannot read them. I felt as if I was right there in the helicopter on every mission described. The way that Mr. Brown was able to described his experiences of terror one moment and hilariously humorous moments the next is truly the way it was for me while I was in the unit. For me, this book opened the door for me to write about my tour as an enlisted man. During my 1967-1969 tour, I served in I Corps, II Corps and finished my tour in III Corps.

    Mr. Brown's book was the first book about Vietnam that I was not able to put down until I finished reading it from cover to cover. I was riveted to his story. Because of his book and his mentoring, I was able to put some of my personal thoughts to paper in my own words in 'Empty Tubes and Back Seat Memories'.

    I highly recommend Mr. Browns book for readers who would like to know what it was like to be a helicopter pilot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    Outstanding Book and Honesty

    Mr. Brown does an incredible job of telling the story of his experiences with refreshing honesty and clarity which is seldom seen in the writing styles of other authors from similar situations. A must-read whether or not you like war, soldiers, flying, etc.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    A Great Read

    A Great Read about the war nobody wants to talk about. If you like flying or reading about it, you will love this book. Lots of action. No greatin depth 'In My Opinion' about the war or the battles, just the facts. We won the battles and lost the War, but that's another story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    A fellow Blue Max pilot

    I flew with Blue Max back in `The Good Old Days¿. I¿m not writing this review because Mr. Brown is a friend of mine but because he wrote a book that I didn¿t want to put down until I read all of it, almost without stopping. It brought back a lot of memories about my tour `Over There¿ and what he writes about is really interesting, insightful and revealing regarding what happened back then and what we who were there went through over there and later on, over here. If you want and like a good narrative history, this book won¿t disappoint you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    A Viet Nam Vet

    Enjoyed reading the book. So many of the books and movies about Viet Nam are off the wall. The details that Mr. Brown went into made the book great reading. I have always respected and admired the chopper pilots that flew in Viet Nam. Thay never got the credit they deserved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    A must read

    If you ever wanted to know what it's like to ride in an AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter, here is your chance. This aircraft was a total new concept in gunships during the Vietnam war and Mr. Brown was a pilot who flew them. I got to Vietnam a few months after Mr. Brown went home, but I served in the same unit he did and I can tell you that his book tells it like it really was. If you want to know what it was really like, you must read this book. Job well done Mr. Brown.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Different perspective

    Easy and enjoyable reading. Appreciate the humorous remarks and aircraft explanations. Was interesting to read the Vietnam War experiences and perspective of a Helicopter pilot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    UNEXPECTED PLEASURE

    I do not like war. I do not like to discuss war stories. I do not like to watch war movies. But this book, blue max, was absolutely fascinating! i didn't ever want to put it down.I felt like i was there with the author as he lived through this time in his life. It had ups and downs (no pun intended) and at times i laughed, other times i cried, but i never lost interest. I treasure this copy, and definitely will add it to my favorites on the bookshelf. Thank you, author, for giving this insight to those of us who were left here in the states, wondering what was going on in viet nam, and had only the news on t.V. To judge it by.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    Blue Max, Missions and Memories

    This was one of the best books I have ever looked at about Vietnam. I am not one who likes to read and being a crew chief in this unit I was not sure I could even read it. I was surprised when I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.I served with Mr Brown and knew most of those that were talked about in the book, even was on some of those missions with him. I was so moved by the book I have started a book of my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    This was an excellent book about the experience of the Vietman

    This was an excellent book about the experience of the Vietman War as seen through the eyes of a Cobra pilot. A must read by anyone interested in this era of American exceptionalism!!! Bob Martell

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

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    2nd Battalion 20Th Artillery {Aerial Rocket}

    I am a son of a Vietnam Vet who fought in the Army, 2ND/20TH ARA 66/67. My- Dad passed away in 1993, PTSD and a long battle with alcoholism finally- got the worst of him, and well,he took his life.....I finally have a lil' money, and look forward to ordering these books, both- "BLUE MAX" by N.G. Brown, and "Empty Tube and Backseat Memories" by Russ- Warriner....Both authors shared my Dads unit, and i look forward to reading their shared experiences, and get a "Sons" understanding of what- they endured, so maybe i can set my heart and mind at ease concerning my Dads death.....Thank you Mr Brown, and Russ, im buying your books!!....Take Care guys, Mike P. Vannuys Calif.

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