Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War

Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War

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Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War by John T. Halliday, William Dufris

A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War Like Jarhead, We Were Soldiers Once..., and Young, John T. Halliday's combat memoir is gripping, novelistic, and startlingly candid, taking readers through the devastating trials and hard-won victories of flying in the Vietnam War. The year is 1970, and John T. Halliday has just landed in the middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606 Special Operations Squadron. But there's a catch: He's stationed in a kind of no-man's-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters' charges that the U.S. has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret black ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail. A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday is utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday's aircraft dodges more than a thousand anti-aircraft shells. Nothing is as he expected-not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron's daredevil, seat-of-one's-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death. A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to Vietnam War literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606' s night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday's writing illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400151868
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

He served in the military for twenty-six years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. A decorated war hero, he logged more than 800 hours of combat time in Southeast Asia and the Gulf War. Halliday lives in Northern California and is a retired Boeing 767 captain. This is his first book.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

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Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST READ! Not just for the soldiers and their loved ones but for all who desire to learn some of lifes lessons! A true gem of wisdom, hope, and friendship. This Author tells his story with truth,grace,humor and poetry! A book so fitting for our times. Infact timeless in it's lifes lessons. Its had me rethinking times in my life with a new fresh twist.What a gift! An edge of your seat page turner!The worst part of this book was that it had to end! A true literary treasure to be passed down from generation to generation! John Halliday is a 'shockingly real' person and this book will have a profound impact on ALL who read it! Thanks John for this work of art! I hope you won't stop here! I look forward to many more Halliday books! Shawn C.(upstate N.Y)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been in and around flying my whole life, and I have never heard of such a great aviation story! John's writing style held my interest through every paragraph, right to the dramatic end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flying Through Midnight is a book you'll not want to put down. It's a must read for anyone who wants to know the truth of war. This is a book every citizen needs to read. Even if you don't agree with the war, our men and women in uniform deserve our support. What an eye opener!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In spite of Hollywood's attempts to glamorize war, it is a terrible concept and it changes participants drastically. Furthermore, in spite of the fact that more bombs were dropped on southeast asia than were dropped in WWII, very little TRUTH has been written about the Viet Nam air war. This book comprehensively covers all issues and as a BONUS, it relates the absolutely, positively ultimate aviation war story of ALL TIME. The reader will be taken on the rapid maturation of novice to combat vet, the reader will be shown how screwed up that whole war was with inept leadership and incompetent guidance and finally, the reader will be put in the cockpit of the most harrowing airborne emergency and unbelievably phenomenal recovery in aviation history. If you like aviation, if you like war, if you like suspense, if you like history..... THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1970, twenty-four years John T. Halliday reported to his unit, the 606th Special Operations Squadron in Thailand. Having little flight time outside of school, Halliday anticipates minor cargo deliveries until a seasoned pilot takes him up on an orientation trip that nukes the Air Force rule book. He begins to better understand the top secret mission of project 'Candlesticks' the bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos to include the emergency landing of his plane in the dangerous mountainous of northern Laos at the same time that Nixon denied any strikes in that country................ Timely with the reasons provided by the White House for the Iraq War, this is a terrific first hand account of a part of the Viet Nam War that the American government denied was happening. Thus all roads lead to John¿s struggle to safety at the same time Nixon says he and his compatriots do not exist (sound familiar?). Readers will see through the eyes of pilots dodging enemy fire while struggling with sanity as a form of battle fatigue sets in on pilots and crews. The war that never happened is a fabulous exposé of secret brutal missions as related by one of the insiders who provides readers with a deep account of what really occurred............... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can not put this book down! I felt I was sitting or walking next to JT the whole book begging to end. The author gives you the whole gut seaaring fear the laughter the pain.I put it up there with the late Ed Rasmius book "when thunder rolled" it must be a classic for the secret war during Vietnam.
FantasyPhanatic More than 1 year ago
One of the professors at the college I work for is a character in this book. He said I wouldn't believe what happens in the book and he was right. Captain Halliday has a good writing style that makes feel as if you are a part of the action. Along with my personal investment due to my friend and colleague here, I was hooked from page 1.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book...found it riveting, moving and literally hard to put down. Great war time drama, some history of little known secret operations and lots of philosophy and meaning of life type of stuff. I do wonder, however, if this would have been better as a novel. Some of the dates and incidents don't jive, and the climatic event sounds more than embellished. Still, I would highly recommend this as a wonderful read you will thoroughly enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me the title had a double meaning, which you have to read it to grasp the full meaning. As a retired USAF NCO this book pointed out how when the chips are down sometimes the hard fast rules have to be bent or broken to succeed. JT's description of cutting through the wall between officers and enlisted as well as some needless regulations pays dividends when its crunch time. His description of 'Desktop Pilots' and the 'Church of the Air Force' is still going on today as it was in the 20 years when I was serving. The use of his musical additions really sets the tone as well and makes the memories flow. I had a hard time putting this one down.
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