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When Thunder Rolled: An F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam

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Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber in his engaging account of the Rolling Thunder campaign in the skies over North Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1968, more than 330 F-105s were lost—the highest loss rate in Southeast Asia—and many pilots were killed, captured, and wounded because of the Air Force’s disastrous tactics. The descriptions of Rasimus’s one hundred missions, some of the most dangerous of the conflict, will satisfy anyone addicted to vivid, heart-stopping ...

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Overview

Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber in his engaging account of the Rolling Thunder campaign in the skies over North Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1968, more than 330 F-105s were lost—the highest loss rate in Southeast Asia—and many pilots were killed, captured, and wounded because of the Air Force’s disastrous tactics. The descriptions of Rasimus’s one hundred missions, some of the most dangerous of the conflict, will satisfy anyone addicted to vivid, heart-stopping aerial combat, as will the details of his transformation from a young man paralyzed with self-doubt into a battle-hardened veteran. His unique perspective, candid analysis, and the sheer power of his narrative rank his memoir with the finest, most entertaining of the war.

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“One of the finest combat memoirs I have ever read, from any air force in any war.”—Dan Ford, Wall Street Journal

“You can almost smell the jet fuel and gunpowder. You attack the world's fiercest defenses at 500 knots and share the ultimate thrill of hurling yourself against almost impossible odds—and winning.”—Jack Broughton, author of Thud Ridge

“A story that reflects the bravery of the men who flew over enemy territory in a perilous time.”—The Baltimore Chronicle

“[A] modern-day Red Badge of Courage”—John Darrell Sherwood, author of Fast Movers: Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891418542
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 527,391
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Rasimus flew more than 250 combat missions during the Vietnam War in F-105s and F-4s, receiving the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross five times, and numerous Air Medals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Modest Fighter Pilot?

    I know that those three words are, most of the times, mutually exclusive, but Ed Rasimus is the exception to the rule. Not only with his words, but also with the compelling pictures of these combat veterans, the looks of relief on their faces after they have finished their 100th mission, and effectively 'done their duty' for Uncle Sam. I have always been a fan of the 'Thud', but the way the author brings it to life is remarkable...you are there, the RHAW gear trilling in your ear, the targets in the pipper, the feel of the plane, the smells in the cockpit pre-ejection, the canopy fluttering over your head post ejection, Sandys overhead, the whump whump whump of the Jolly Greens, and the parties after the successful reunions and the somber moments of reflection for the departed. Any afficianado of air war stories will love this book. (Thanks Ed for mentioning the Boomers, did that for years, passed a lot of gas, and met some great Americans...Cleared to contact...)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    F-105

    NO QUESTION PRESIDENT JOHNSON SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED AS A WAR CRIMINAL FOR THE WAY HE RAN THE WAR HE HAD NO BUSINESS RUNNING...ESPECIALLY IN THE AIR ARENA

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    This is a Phenomenal account of the Day to day life of an F-105

    This is a Phenomenal account of the Day to day life of an F-105 Pilot.  One other note the final Chapter, where Maj Rasimus details his Final mission, was actually caught on film by the Air Force, and is available on Youtube under the title "There is a Way F-105's in Vietnam"  It includes Maj (The Lt) Rasimus final Taxi into Korat, with the 100 Mission "Finger" out for all to see.   A wonderful book, and a moving account.  Maj Rasimus Died in January of 2013

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Aviation buff

    This is a must read if you like military aviation,war history or just a great darn book! The author dose not try to tell you his life story nor dose he try to be some inspiration for all to follow. He tells us the true feelings of a manwho wanted to be a fighter pilot. What it was like to fly the F-105 in combat in Vietnam. Great book , great author!

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