Fast Movers: Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Exepienceby John Darrell Sherwood
The story of the air war in Vietnam is really story of the "fast movers", men who flew the jet fighters and fought in the MiG and SAM infested skies of North Vietnam. In this book, the author John Sherwood, an official historian with the U.S. Navy, draws on more than 300 revealing interviews with these courageous pilots and crews, offering an in-the-cockpit
The story of the air war in Vietnam is really story of the "fast movers", men who flew the jet fighters and fought in the MiG and SAM infested skies of North Vietnam. In this book, the author John Sherwood, an official historian with the U.S. Navy, draws on more than 300 revealing interviews with these courageous pilots and crews, offering an in-the-cockpit perspective on the Vietnam experience never before possible. He profiles fourteen aviators, including such MiG killers as Robin Olds, Steve Ritchie, and John "Pirate" Nichols, and captures the heroism and sacrifice of this truly elite group of air warriors.
From flying through walls of flak in Operation Rolling Thunder to how it feels to shoot down a MiG to the crushing ordeal of capture and imprisonment in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," every aspect of air combat in Vietnam comes powerfully to life. Fast Movers celebrates these men and their aircraft, chronicling an aspect of the Vietnam conflict too long overlooked.
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Dramatis Personae Robin Olds World War II ace and commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon, 9/66-9/67. The top MiG killer of the Vietnam War until May 1972, with four kills to his credit.
Ed Rasimus A young F-105 Thunderchief pilot who served at Korat, Thailand in 1966. Rasimus flew some of the most difficult Rolling Thunder missions of the war.
Roger Sheets Navy Air Wing 15 commander during the spring of 1972. His unit participated in many significant missions, including the mining of Haiphong Harbor.
William "Charlie" Carr, Jr. A Marine navigator who flew with Roger Sheets in the A-6 Intruder during the mining of Haiphong Harbor as well as the Bai Thuong airfield attack. Carr was a member of VMA (AW)-224, the Marine A-6 unit attached to the aircraft carrier Coral Sea in 1972.
Phil Schuyler An A-6 pilot and Navy liaison officer with VMA (AW)-224, Schuyler often flew as Sheets' wingman.
Bill Angus A young Marine navigator in VMA (AW)-224 who ended up as a POW in Hanoi.
Ted Sienicki An Air Force F-4 backseater and a POW in Hanoi in 1972.
Roger Lerseth A Navy A-6 navigator who suffered significant injuries during his 1972 shootdown.
Jim Latham An Air Force F-4 pilot who flew the fast FAC mission in 1972, and eventually wound up in Hanoi as a POW.
John "Pirate" Nichols, III The Navy's all-time record holder for number of hours flown in an F-8, Nichols was also a MiG killer in Vietnam.
Richard S. "Steve" Ritchie The Air Force's first ace inVietnam, Ritchie is also the only Air Force pilot to make ace -- the rest were navigators.
Charles "Chuck" DeBellevue Ritchie's backseater and the top ace of the war, with six kills to his credit.
Clar & M. "Patty" Schneider: An Air Force intelligence officer with the 432nd Wing at Udorn, Thailand, 1972 who helped prepare intelligence for the Locher rescue. Locher and Schnieder eventually married after the war.
Roger Locher An F-4 backseater with the 432nd Wing who survived twenty-three days behind enemy lines after being shot down over North Vietnam in 1972.
Copyright © 2000 by John Darrell Sherwood
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