As Dennis M. (Mike) Ridnouer writes in the foreword of his new oral history, The Vietnam Air War: First Person, over five million missions were flown in the Vietnam War. The many pilots, crew, and support personnel who risked their lives daily don't deserve to fade into obscurity. Unhappy with the lack of first-person retellings of the war, Ridnouer made it his new mission to preserve these men's tales of bravery and duty.
The result is more than one hundred stories from the front lines of the war. Air Force Fighter Pilots, Weapon Systems Operators (WSOs), and Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs), recount their stories of air-to-air engagements, near misses, successes, and failures.
A pilot explains why he buys a drink for every tanker driver he meets. An airman explains what a Thud is. A veteran vividly describes his homecoming.
These stories and others provide a much different account of the war than those found in history books. The pages come alive with perilous missions and skilled maneuvers. Airmen from all walks of life were united during the war, and their tales include stirring accounts of friendship and comradery.
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About the Author
Mike Ridnouer served as a US Air Force Fighter Pilot. He flew 333 combat missions in SEA and has logged over 3,500 hours in the F-4, F-15, and F-16.
Ridnouer flew the F-4 in SEA as a member of the famed Triple Nickel, the world's largest distributor of MiG parts. He commanded two fighter units, the 405th Tactical Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base and the 60th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the "Fightin' Crows" at Eglin Air Force Base.
Ridnouer married the love of his life, Marilyn, and the couple has five children and twelve grandchildren. Ridnouer is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is now retired. He lives in a rural community near Charlotte, North Carolina.