Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems

Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems

by Wayne Mutza
     
 
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

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Seapower
"The author presents impressive research into the weapons systems the helicopters carried." -Seapower, May 2011
VHPA Aviator (Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assoc.)
"I highly recommend this book; it's not some coffee table picture book, this is serious history and I think you'll enjoy the read." -VHPA Aviator, December 2010
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Vertiflite (AHS International Publication)
"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." -Vertflite, Winter 2010, reviewed by Ray Robb
Air Force Magazine
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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." -Modeling Madness, reviewed by 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." -Internet Modeler, reviewed by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071543
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
208
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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