Here There are Tigers

Overview

  • In-the-cockpit perspective on aerial warfare during the Vietnam War
  • Many never-before-heard stories--some of them tragic, others humorous

At the height of the Vietnam War, in 1968 and 1969, Reginald Hathorn (call sign NAIL 31) flew 229 combat missions as a forward air controller for the U.S. Air Force. He inserted Special Forces teams into North Vietnam and Laos, completed missions for the CIA, and flew missions with the Lao Army. Most of the...

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Here There are Tigers: The Secret Air War in Laos and North Vietnam, 1968-69

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Overview

  • In-the-cockpit perspective on aerial warfare during the Vietnam War
  • Many never-before-heard stories--some of them tragic, others humorous

At the height of the Vietnam War, in 1968 and 1969, Reginald Hathorn (call sign NAIL 31) flew 229 combat missions as a forward air controller for the U.S. Air Force. He inserted Special Forces teams into North Vietnam and Laos, completed missions for the CIA, and flew missions with the Lao Army. Most of the time, he flew into Laos and called in airstrikes against targets inside that country--in a war which did not officially exist, about which the world knew nothing, and which the U.S. government denied.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811734691
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 2/10/2008
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 862,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Reginald Hathorn is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with more than 6,000 hours in twenty-three different aircraft. He has been an outdoor writer for more than forty years. He lives in Louisiana.
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Table of Contents

Preface     viii
Introduction     xi
A Call to Go to War     1
Check-out Time     13
To Find a Way Out of My Job     17
A New World     25
Welcome to the War in Laos     33
Cricket West     45
A Hotbed of War     57
Scratch One Gun     67
The Mission That Never Was     81
Merry Christmas     125
Mission Failure     143
Go Get the POW's     161
Christening of a Night Fighter     183
A Finale     195
Laos Background     207
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