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Posted November 9, 2010
This is an excellent telling of what was really like for a gunbird pilot on any given operational day. A lot of the book is on the technical aspect of rotary wing flight but written in such a way that the average reader can read and comprehend what is being described. The reader comes away understanding the basic racetrack pattern flown by the gunship and his cover (wingman), how the nose is tucked and how supporting fire is given and managed. For a skilled pilot, it brings back old memories and when I first read the description of the E Model, was certain that it was the same as the Army's Charlie Model. Our Charlies had the L-13 engine which gave them considerably more power than the D Model. One story in the book is about a pickup of MIAs where a straight up take off is required and it seems the "E" Model did not have the same power as our "C" Model l-13. I'mm assuming the E still had the L-11 for its power. In any case, this is one man's perspective on operational requirements at a time when the war was expanding and the NVA became a major force to be reckoned with at any insertion or extraction. This book is well written, easy to read, understand, and follow, and an excellent book to have in your library. Don't miss this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.