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Apache: Inside the Cockpit of the World's Most Deadly Fighting Machine Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 6, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
But what it basically comes down to in this book is being inside. Inside the monstrous machine none of us would ever set a foot in - even less get to fly the 46 million GBP thing.
You want to feel the thrill of first takeoff, Camp Bastion, Helmand Province? Burn your fingers on the stick and controls preheated by the Afghan sun, wipe the sweat off your face as you inhale the smell of metal and resin as the four thundering rotor blades race it across the desert, the twin Rolls Royce engines working at full speed.
All of that and more you find in here.
The book concentrates on a breathtaking rescue mission to retrieve a Marine MIA, where the Apaches must land right in the middle of a Taliban stronghold and come face to face with hordes of their unrelenting enemy.
But it has much more. The human side, the thrill, the comradeship, the pain, the fear, the technical - you name it, it's there. Because Ed Macy was one of the very few who mastered the craft of operating (not just flying) this machine.
And although after reading it you still won't be able to make your eyeballs work independently of each other like these guys can, at least you will have a sense of the courageous masterminds at work here.
Includes 5 maps, 2 detailed drawings of the Apache and numerous color photographs.
My highest respects go out to Ed Macy and his comrades.
From the moment I started this book, it was impossible to put down. When it ended, I was left with that sinking feeling that hits you when something so good has to come to an end. The writing of the story, in my opinion is top notch HANDS DOWN - all of it very eloquent and yet to the point with no frills or haughty attempts at false bravado (that people assume come with pilots). Any military personnel, chopper fanatic, or even just a curious layman can pick this book up and run with the story! And hot damn, what a story it is! When people review books like this, especially if they like them, tend to give away too much to the reader - so much so that the review ends up becoming a spoiler. I don't want to do that here. All I can say is
that if you pick this book up, you won't be sorry or disappointed!Read more ›
". . . the deadliest, most technologically advanced helicopter on the planet. As strong as a tank . . . the helicopter is remarkably fast and nearly impossible to shoot down. . . . [With] weapons and cameras, the Apache pilot can spot prey from miles away . . . And it is the toughest aircraft in the world to fly - only the top 2 percent of pilots make it . . . hands, feet, and even eyes need to operate independently."
If it wasn't clear that this was a true story of one man's experiences, one could easily read it as a fictional novel filled with a character with beyond human capabilities. The action is palpable and the sacrifices Mr. Macy made to be a superior pilot in the face of danger are sobering and inspirational to reflect upon.
I have to admit having a passion for the virtual worlds of video games, human augmentation, and flight simulators so it is of particular interest to me how an Apache pilot becomes one with the machine. This is essential in order to manage the complexity of the controls, split-vision monocle, and the visual sensors that include low-light and infrared imagers. The daylight camera, for example, can magnify 127 times. There are over two hundred switches many multifunctional. The monocle over the right eye forced left-right eye independence as an efficient way to cram more information into the brain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant read. An amazing insight to what these pilots have to endure.Published 26 days ago by OWEN MCMAHON
Mr. Macy has written what I believe will become a classic, comparable to Chickenhawk by Robert Mason from my war. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ray
An excellent account of all the good, bad and the ugly of modern conflict and very, very brave servicemen and women.Published 8 months ago by Andrew Montgomery-Pinto
I have been reading quite a bit of military history and this has been one of the better written books. Quite enjoyable.Published 9 months ago by Dave
This book kept my attention throughout. One thing that especially grabbed my attention was when they received intelligence of the Taliban's plans for captured Coaltion... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe Domhan
Ever since l was a little boy a loved the Apache helicopter. l used to fly them on my Commodore 64 :-) Years later came the Commodore Amiga version: Gunship 2000. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cmiri
Interesting read. Good insight into our attack pilots roles in military conflicts.Published 14 months ago by Medic