- Paperback: 632 pages
- Publisher: 1st Book Library; 1st edition (December 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759652546
- ISBN-13: 978-0759652545
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Misty: First Person Stories of the F-100 Fast FACs in the Vietnam War 1st Edition
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The FAC pilots flew a tough mission, trying to find SAM missiles and other targets and them mark them so the fighters with the big bombs could come in and take care of business. Sounds easy, but it isn't when you're in a slightly out-of-date plane with everyone and their brother shooting at you. These pilots would come in low, "jink" around to avoid ground fire (and often they didn't!), and mark the targets with a smoke rocket.
The Misty pilots used the F-100 2-seater jets, which were faster than older attempts with the O-1 birddog (basically a Cessna prop plane) and there were many close calls, bail-outs, captures, and some losses, but these guys kept at it until they could see a totally camoflauged ammo dump in their sleep.
This huge volume covers personal stories from many pilots, with Shepperd collecting the information and writing his own tales. It tells of the persecerence of these brave men, how they missed their loved ones back home, how they joked around on their time off, and how they did their job at 110%. I know this was all before my time (my dad actually worked on the older O-1 planes when he was in Vietnam) but I am amazed at the stories of what happened and that any of these guys made it back. This is an excellent book and well worth the time it takes to read all of the information, especially since you can't put it down once you start!
And the ultimate farce of war is also present. Joseph Heller did not even com,e close to the truth in "Catch 22". When Colonels from Saigon would complain about the FACS getting their F-100 "damaged" by ground fire and write up the pilots and maintenance people for not taking better care of the US Government equipment, you had to wonder how we ever made any progress in that war.
If you want a read on what the "real" war was like for the US Air Force in Vietnam get this book and read it. You will not be disappointed.
"Misty" is a compilation of "true" stories that could not have been made up. I could not put the book down and I read it in two days, locked in my recliner, sweating as they wove through the AAA or worked a SAR.
I knew a lot of these guys and was stationed with them in England and Tuy Hoa, RVN. I respected them then and I respect them even more now.
Ya just gotta RUN not walk out and get this book! GREAT reading!
Don Schmenk, USAF Retired
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my husbands book and he has enjoyed it. Brought back many memories, some awful times but good memories of friendshipsPublished 2 days ago by Lois C. Rawson
Not sure all readers will be able to wade through all of the war stories in this book, but they should try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Rhodes
True factual stories. I know first hand, my husband was one of the KIA Misty's.Published 13 months ago by Sandy McElhanon
Personally know some of these pilots and so this book helps fill in my knowledge of this bunch of FAC pioneers.Published 17 months ago by Stuart W. Maas
I really enjoyed reading the accounts of the Misty participants and all of the follow-on data assembled by the author. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Darrell G Molnar
One of the more exciting accounts of the war in Vietnam. A story about true warriors and the F-100 fast FAC.Published 20 months ago by Carleton B. Waldrop
My good friend and right-hand man at work, Scott W., recommended this book and loaned me his copy. I read a few stories and had to get my own. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark Suttles