Night Mission on the Ho Chi Minh Trail [NOOK Book]

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The weather, the built-in hazards of night refueling, target identification, and the mountains hiding in the dark are all enemies- and of course, there's the enemy, too. These pilots have a saying, "And if the big guns don't get you, the black karst will." But then back on top in the moonlight, a man finds brief moments to think his own thoughts before cracking a low ceiling back at home base.

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Overview

The weather, the built-in hazards of night refueling, target identification, and the mountains hiding in the dark are all enemies- and of course, there's the enemy, too. These pilots have a saying, "And if the big guns don't get you, the black karst will." But then back on top in the moonlight, a man finds brief moments to think his own thoughts before cracking a low ceiling back at home base.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011482182
  • Publisher: Mark Berent
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 18,360
  • File size: 249 KB

Meet the Author

MARK BERENTLt Col Mark E. Berent, USAF (Ret), was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Cretin HighSchool in St. Paul, Minnesota. Later he graduated from Arizona State University under the Air Force Institute of Technology program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.Lt Col Berent began his Air Force career as an enlisted man, then progressed through the aviation cadet program. He attended pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi and then Laredo Air Force Base, Texas flying the T-6, T-28 and T-33 aircraft and then moved on to F-86s at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He served on active duty for 23 years until retirement in 1974. He began his operational flying career in the F-86 and F-100 flying at various posts throughout the United States and Europe. He later served three combat tours, completing 452 combat sorties, first in the F-100 at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, the F-4 at Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, and then in Cambodia for two years to fly things with propellers on them and through a fluke in communications timing, to personally run the air war for a few weeks.He has also served two tours at the United States Space and Missile System Organization (SAMSO) at Los Angeles, California working first in the Satellites Control Facility and later as a staff developmental engineer for the space shuttle. In his expansive career he has seen service as an Air Attaché to the United States Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and also as Chief of Test Control Branch at the Air Development and Test Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He also served as an instructor at the Air Force's Squadron Officer School.During his flying career he has logged over 4300 hours of flying time, 1084 of those in combat missions in the F-100, F-4, C-47 and U-10 over North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He has flown 30 different aircraft.His decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with twenty four oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Cambodian Divisional Medal, and numerous Vietnam Campaign ribbons. He completed jump school with the Special Forces. Later, he jumped with and was awarded Cambodian paratrooper wings. He also flew with and received Cambodian pilot wings.After leaving the Air Force he lived in Europe to establish and direct international operations for the sale of spares for combat aircraft. He has flown many foreign aircraft such as the Swedish Viggen and Royal Air Force Jaguar and Hawk. He also established Berent and Woods Inc, a firm that managed many aviation related activities.Over the years he had published numerous articles for such publications as Air Force Magazine and the Washington Times and for 18 years wrote a monthly pilot/reporter column for the Asian Defense Journal. Under the name Berent Sandberg he and Peter Sandberg collaborated on three novels. He now has five Vietnam air war flying novels in print, Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, and Storm Flight.Berent states it is never too late for any endeavor: he published the first of his five books at age 58, ran his first Marathon at 59, bought a T-6 warbird and flew in airshows at 64, and rode in his first cattle roundup in Montana at 74.……………"Powerful!" --- Publishers Weekly"The pride of the Air Force. The challenge of Vietnam.""A taut, exciting tale of good men in a bad war. Berent is the real thing." --- Tom Clancy"Rolling Thunder is terrific - a novel of exceptional authenticity that hits like a thunderclap. A decorated Vietnam pilot, Mark Berent knows planes and men and battle, and he whirls them around in a story of uncommon strength. I can't wait for his next book." --- W.E.B. Griffin, best-selling author of Brotherhood of War and The Corps"Mark Berent writes with great authority and utter realism, immersing the reader in his characters' every sensation and emotion." --- Dale Brown, best-selling author of Flight of the Old Dog and Silver Tower"The fighter pilot's war - you love it and hate it at the same time, and Mark Berent writes it that way." --- Stephen Coonts, best-selling author of Flight of the Intruder"Berent tells it like it was!" --- Chuck Yeager"The best Vietnam air novel I have read. Berent captures the essence of flying men at war, their agony, emotions, courage, and triumph." --- Brigadier General Robin Olds
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Romantic and antiseptic

    Aromantic and antiseptic description of flying over the Ho Chi Minh Trail at night. I was with the 497th when it moved from George AFB to Ubon RTAFB in 1965. We began flying Night Owl in early 1966. We always flew in pairs and were never alone. Tanker hookups were not done in silence, we flew so far north that we had two tanker hookups each flight and I always thanked them for the gas and was acknowledged by word or a double click on the mike. We brought back F4s with wing tips ripped of from pulling excessive Gs outflying SAMs --- a telephone pole coming at you with its tail on fire is a horrible sight. We brought back F4s with grass stains on the bottom; with so many holes in them they had to be crated and shippedback to the States; with holes so large you could pass a basket ball through the fuselage; with eengines so shot up they were added to the landfill. Not touched was the crushing loneliness as a result of not making close friends, nor the joy in knowing the ground fire that passed through the cockpit had missed you, nor the aggravation of having to put out a cockpit fire with only gloved hands. Nor does he adequately address the emptiness in your heart when your wing man does not check in after a radio frequency change to never be heard from again or the enormous ball of flames when an F4 hits the ground --- we carried and burned a lot of fuel. Yet, through it all I fell in love with the F4 --- my girl called it my mistress and I wept when I showed a static F4 to my wife. The weather in Southeast Asia is not always raining. The star and moon light is unbelievably bright and the gentle thunderstorms don't hold a candle to those of the American southwest. When it rained we got drenched since we did not have the luxury of ponchos. His description of the joy of night flying is accurate. I find flying --- piloting --- anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance is literally "reaching out and touching the face of God." We were not blessed with someone to find our targets for us. We searched out our own with ground mapping, radar designed for air intercepts, primitiive inertial navigation, our own eyes, and we dropped our own flairs. During time on targetwe tallked to noone but our wing man until we rwturned to the tanker. His description of fear, ground fire, and cockpit lights are correct. I thought my Scheduling Officer was trying to kill me when he scheduled me every night for a week to bomb the nlorthern approaches to Hanoi, where the flack was so thick and bright there was no need to drop our flares. During my last two weeks there, mid July 1966, I checked out replacements over North Vietnam. I showed them what ground fire looked like when it was going to hit or miss, and insured they could turn their cockpit lights so low they at first thought they were out. Our tour of duty was nominally one year, but when you compleated 100 missions over North Vietnam you were sent home. I rotated to Europe after 146 missions taking with me 14 Air Medals, the Destinguished Flying Cross, two Vietnam Service Medals and Vietnam Campaign Medal. All in all an accurate but light weight read for the uninitiated which brought back good memories and nightmares.
    Patrick F Riley, Capt, USAF, 497th TFS

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

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    Awesome tale of the mental and physical challenges of night comb

    Awesome tale of the mental and physical challenges of night combat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Amazing

    22 pages of pure awesomeness

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2013

    Waste

    No point in writting the story no purpose

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    Posted June 1, 2012

    Didn't Receive the Entire Book

    For some reason, I only received 22 pages of this book. I know it was free, but this is ridiculous....

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