Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems

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U.S. Army aviators pioneered the first helicopter gun platforms in the early 1950s. Today, helicopter gunships are the most unique element of rotary-wing aviation, redefining the term "close air support." As the ultimate development of the military helicopter, these largely

U.S.-designed-and-built aircraft reign supreme as the premier attack platforms of modern aerial warfare.

American Helicopter Gunships begins with the Vietnam War as the ...

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Overview

U.S. Army aviators pioneered the first helicopter gun platforms in the early 1950s. Today, helicopter gunships are the most unique element of rotary-wing aviation, redefining the term "close air support." As the ultimate development of the military helicopter, these largely

U.S.-designed-and-built aircraft reign supreme as the premier attack platforms of modern aerial warfare.

American Helicopter Gunships begins with the Vietnam War as the ultimate proving ground that first utilized helicopter gunships and saw the development of other rotary-wing weapons systems as well. This book also explores fascinating post-war programs like the experimental Comanche, Blackhawk, and Apache. Through in-depth research and exclusive high-quality photos, noted author and helicopter expert Wayne Mutza examines in vivid detail the numerous weapon systems mated with a surprisingly wide variety of helicopters. Attention is also given to helicopter gunships developed by other Free World countries and Communist nations.

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Editorial Reviews

Seapower
The author presents impressive research into the weapons systems the helicopters carried.
Modeling Madness
In all, it is everything you have ever wanted to know about the subject all under one cover. Typical of Specialty Press' books, it is the best reference on the subject you can find and a well written read in and of itself. As such, it is highly recommended. --( Scott Van Aken, October 2010
Internet Modeler
Overall, this is a very good overview of the development and operations of helicopter gunships. From the well-written text to the good selection of photographs, this is a great reference for the helicopter modeler. --(Chris Banyai-Riepl, November 2010)
Vertflite
At 208 pages, the book is unsurpassed in its coverage of a heretofore sporadically covered topic. Where the book really shines is in its outstanding photographic coverage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071543
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 941,534
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Mutza has drawn from his many experiences and passion for writing to complete 21 books and a number of magazine articles. Mutza has written extensively on the air war in Vietnam. He also teaches writing courses and has served as a consultant for military aviation documentaries. He served with the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman, helicopter crew chief, and instructor.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    A powerful book.

    First, a brief message to Wayne. I sm looking for a book devoted to the "Charlie" Model Gunships before Cobras arrived. Can you Help? Your book is simply magnificent. I go back to the "A" Model Gunships so your illustrated tour of US Army Aviation to include research and development was simply outstanding and reminded us of how very far we have come. The photographs with the weapons systems clearly show how prepared to fight that anyone could have been. Your book brings back many memories and will be cherished. Wxcellent of home library or club and certainly giftgiving. A truly outstanding book. Do not miss it.

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