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Without Parachutes: How I Survived 1,000 Attack Helicopter Combat Missions In Vietnam

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  • ISBN-13: 9781420882599
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/6/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    Evolution of the Attack Helicopter

    This book straps readers into the cockpits of military helicopters as they progressed from being aerial ambulances to becoming the deadly weapons platforms of today. The author, an attack helicopter pioneer, recalls his contributions to their evolution, including stories from his three combat tours in Vietnam. Beginning in 1957, the book covers Childers' early military and flight training and moves through the decades to his retirement in 1990. He takes readers above the jungles of Vietnam and into the helicopters¿ maiden voyages as dangerous threats from the sky. He arrived in 1964 and volunteered to join the world¿s first attack helicopter company. The Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company had been deployed to Vietnam in 1962, and it came equipped with the U.S. Army¿s brand new UH-1 Huey. The crews, not content with a passive combat role, began experimenting with ways to strap guns on their aircraft and attack the enemy. Through a deadly process of trial and error, the pilots pushed their machines to the edge. Mistakes were made, crews were lost and lessons were learned. These lessons evolved into combat tactics and became fondly known as the ¿12 Cardinal Rules of Attack Helicopter Combat.¿ Upon joining the unit, Childers learned these rules and developed a 13th rule on his first day in combat. Over the ensuing three years in Southeast Asia, the rules ¿ especially the 13th ¿ helped him survive more than 1,000 combat missions. Through his stories and 50 photographs, Childers provides a cockpit-level view of the missions and the near-disasters he encountered throughout his 25 years of flying. A fascinating account of the development of one of the key components of a modern-day military mission, Without Parachutes strikes a balance between nail-biting combat rendezvous and the humorous aspects of life among a group of high-spirited aviators who fly into the jaws of death daily - without parachutes.

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