- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
|Introduction: U.S.-Chinese Air Incidents|
|2||Attacks on Other Recon Platforms||13|
|3||Cold War Aerial Reconnaissance||119|
|4||Birth of the ACRP||164|
|5||Air Reconnaissance in Europe, 1950s||202|
|6||Guys in the Outfit||230|
|7||60528's Last Crew||263|
|9||Diplomacy: Families Are Political Pawns||335|
|10||Factors Contributing to 60528's Shootdown||432|
|11||End of the Cold War||469|
|12||Paying Tribute Four Decades Later||491|
|App. A||Materials Returned by Soviets with Remains||516|
|App. B||Flight Crew TDY Orders to Incirlik, Turkey||519|
|App. C||Transcript of MiG Pilots Shooting Down C-130 60528||521|
|App. D||International Air Incidents Compared to the C-130 Incident Vis-a-Vis the Missing Persons Act||526|
|App. E||Acronyms and Abbreviations||528|
|App. F||Brief Histories of the 7405th and 7407th Support Squadrons||535|
|App. G||U.S. Military Ranks and Grades||540|
Posted July 7, 2001
At last the friends and family members of the 264 U. S. Airmen who were KIA and MIA during surveillance flights can learn of their loved ones¿ missions and last hours. The authors of The Price of Vigilance researched and cited recently declassified documents of Russia and the U. S. that provided information previously unknown about surveillance flights and shoot-downs near the borders of Russia, China, North Korea, North Vietnam, Cuba and Israel. Firsthand knowledge of the authors and their interviews with fellow airmen who served in security service for our country are presented in detail and with compassion for their brother Silent Warriors who flew their last mission. The families and friends of all veterans who served in our security service owe a debt of gratitude to Larry Tart and Robert Keefe for spending many days and nights researching and writing this book for us. /s/ Burton R. Knotts, 7316 Dahlia Drive, Little Rock, AR 72209Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2001
This book is as accurate as any that I have seen. I noted one or two minor discrepancies, but, overall, everything is covered very well. I, too, was one of the Silent Warriors who served in the 6916th at Rhein Main and flew the same types of sorties. I spent 22 years in the USAF, nine of them on flying status and the rest in related jobs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2001
I, too, am a former USAF Security Service alumni during the years 1955-1958 and already knew most of the 'facts' relating to some of these incidents. Even so, I found that it was a very interesting, easy reading and enjoyable book. When I started on it I could not put it down until I finished it. Now I want to go back and re-read many parts of it. The authors have captured not only the 'facts side' of the shootdown of C-130 60528 but the human side as well...the other parts of the book are just 'bonus material.' Well researched material I might add and the book contained some things that I would have never thought that the authors could have found. Great job!! I highly recommend this book for not only its interesting reading but for the historical significance as well--it is NOT just for former USAFSSers but needs to serve as a historical lesson for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2001
Been there - done that! A long-overdue account of the price paid for the freedoms we take for granted. Mr. Tart and Mr. Keefe are not outsiders writing about events that happened somewhere else to someone else. They share the hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer panic felt by all of us who were in the world or airborne reconnaisance. This book finally brings to light events long classified and buried away not only from the public's eyes, but also from the eyes of the families of the crewmembers. It brings a measure of final closure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2001
An outstanding, well-documented account depicting the role of Cold War communications reconnaisance platforms, highlighting the roles of its crew (mission and recon). The loss on 9/2/1958 of AF60528,a reconnaissance C-130A-II over Soviet Armenia with 17 crewmembers on board is shown through the gun cameras of assaulting MiG-17s during the attack and subsequent shootdown. This is a must-read 'n keep for anyone who has flown these missions, or are family or friend to those who did. Declassified intelligence from the files of NSA, CIA, Soviet archives and others from the 50s, 60s and 70s will at last enlighten you as to what really was going on during the Cold War as performed by your Silent Warriors who orbited the unfriendly skies in search of useful intelligence. These men flew unarmed, unescorted and generally were too young and too loyal to be afraid. This documentary is a more-than fitting tribute, and should be treated as a collectors item.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2001
Not only does this book capture the historical detail, but it also captures the feelings and the story of many those that were there. Those of us that were in similar situations need to be sure we have taken our blood pressure medicines before we set down with it. It is very moving in many ways and very factual and bold in others. A truely good book for anyone who wants to know some unsung heros, who like military scenarios and who just want to feel the pride as well as the heartache. A big salute to the authors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2010
No text was provided for this review.