To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam

To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam

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by Tom A. Johnson
     
 

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During the Vietnam War, one out of every eighteen helicopter pilots never made it home alive. At age nineteen, Tom Johnson flew in the thick of it, and lived to tell his harrowing tale.

Johnson piloted the UH-1 "Iroquois"-better known as the "Huey"-as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division. His battalion was one of the most decorated units of the Vietnam

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Overview

During the Vietnam War, one out of every eighteen helicopter pilots never made it home alive. At age nineteen, Tom Johnson flew in the thick of it, and lived to tell his harrowing tale.

Johnson piloted the UH-1 "Iroquois"-better known as the "Huey"-as part of the famous First Air Cavalry Division. His battalion was one of the most decorated units of the Vietnam War, and helped redefine modern warfare. This riveting memoir gives the pilot's perspective on key battles and rescue missions, including those for Hue and Khe Sanh. From dangerous missions to narrow escapes, Johnson's account vividly captures the adrenaline rush of flying and the horror of war, and takes readers on an unforgettable ride.

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"Johnson's description of flying the venerable Huey 'to the limit' and sometimes beyond is indeed riveting."

". . . .an absorbing book. Whether or not you served in the military or ever flew in a helicopter, it will grab you and hold your attention."

"A riveting, well-written book that puts the reader right there in the cockpit. . . . To the Limit is worthy of its own screen rendition. What makes [it] such a credible work is that it is not just blood and guts. Johnson writes with passion and earnestness regarding these character-building episodes that helped define him. . . . The only whining you will hear is the powerful engine of the Huey that Tom Johnson describes so vividly that you can almost feel the ground shake."

“ ‘I am touching my first dead person and unfortunately I know him. . . .’ When you strap into a Huey with Tom Johnson, you’re in for the real thing. To the Limitis a first-person journey into the grit, grimness, and chaos of war, told by a helicopter hero in a way that nails the feel, the mood, and the talk of Air Cavalrymen in battle. No one has previously captured the Vietnam helicopter experience with such gripping authenticity.”

“This is the real thing: helicopter combat at its birth. No wonder Army helo drivers were among the most decorated aviators of the Vietnam War. Tom Johnson truly shows us what the rank-and-file Huey crews experienced.”

“Always leery of superlatives in book reviews, I feel compelled to use them in describing Tom Johnson’s To the Limit. It is an intense, compelling, gut-wrenching narrative—by far the best account of helicopter warfare I have read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451222183
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
404,240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tom A. Johnson is a businessman living near Atlanta. For his Vietnam War service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with five Silver Leaf Clusters), and the Bronze Star.

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