Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam

Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam

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by Kit Lavell
     
 

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The tragic, the comic, the terrifying, the poignant are all part of the story of the Black Pony pilots who distinguished themselves in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. Flying their turboprop Broncos down and dirty, low and slow, they killed more of the enemy and saved more allied lives with close-air support than all the other naval squadrons combined during…  See more details below

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The tragic, the comic, the terrifying, the poignant are all part of the story of the Black Pony pilots who distinguished themselves in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. Flying their turboprop Broncos down and dirty, low and slow, they killed more of the enemy and saved more allied lives with close-air support than all the other naval squadrons combined during the three years they saw action. Author Kit Lavell was part of this squadron of black sheep given a chance to make something of themselves flying these dangerous missions. The U.S. Navy's only land-based attack squadron, Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) flew support missions for the counter insurgency forces, SEALs, and allied units in borrowed, propeller-driven OV-10s. For fixed-wing aircraft they were dangerous, unorthodox missions, a fact readers quickly come to appreciate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612515656
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
08/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
460,005
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author


Kit Lavell flew 243 missions with the Black Ponies and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is now a screenwriter and playwright, living in California.

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Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
silencedogoodreturns 9 months ago
Highly readable and enjoyable book about the Navy's fixed wing close air support squadron stationed in Viet Nam, providing air support to Navy SEALs and patrol boats in the Mekong delta region. Provides rare insights and data into a little reported aspect of the war. Lots of personal vignettes as well as coverage of the squadron's history. Highly recommended.