Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam

Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam

by Robert O. Harder

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Overview

Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of pilots--their contributions undervalued, misunderstood, or simply unknown to the general public. This was especially the case with the non-pilot officer aircrew in the Vietnam and Cold War-era B-52 Stratofortress. Of the six people who operated the bomber, three wore navigator wings--two of those men were also bombardiers, the other an electronic warfare officer. Without the navigator-bombardiers in particular, executing the nuclear war strike plan or flying Southeast Asian conventional bombing sorties would have been impossible. This book reveals who these men were and what they did down in the "Black Hole," a story told by one of their own.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612513171
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 653,657
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert O. Harder was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and Strategic Air Command "Cold War" B-52D aircrewman with 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War. A rated navigator and radar bombardier, he also flew nuclear training sorties and stood Pad Alert. A former business executive, he is an FAA-certificated flight instructor and writer. His previous book, Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam was first published by the Naval Institute Press in 2009. Visit the author's website.

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