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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Library (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039NNF1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John B. Nichols, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy, flew 264 combat missions off carriers in the Tonkin Gulf between 1966 and 1973. A resident of Melborne, Florida, he is also the coauthor, with Tillman, of the novel Warriors. Barrett Tillman has written books on the Dauntless dive bomber, the Hellcat, Corsair, Crusader, Avenger, and Wildcat, all available from the Naval Institute. He lives in Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Before reading the book I knew very little about (naval) aviation in Vietnam.
Parker
I later purchased an out of print hardcover edition of this book and it was much better than the digitized blue paperback.
The Chad
I would recommend this book to any sailor who served aboard an aircraft carrier.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frank on May 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book on the naval air war over Vietnam should be required reading not only for all military pilots, but for every military and civilian official who is involved in planning strategy, tactics, or military weapon procurement.
But don't get the idea it's a boring book; besides giving the reader a clear view of what happened in the air over Vietnam, the author makes his points in a very readable fashion, not by preaching but by simply pointing out what we did, and why we could have done so much better -- in the conduct of the war, in providing better (often SIMPLER) equipment, and in better training.
It's definitely worth obtaining from an out-of-print dealer or from your library. Even if you have no connection with the military, this will expand your understanding of that period in US history.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This work is a clear-headed, no holds barred look at the Vietnam air war from the naval perspective. Don't let its even tone fool you. It cuts to the bone and damns by simple observation, with no need for editorializing by the authors. It points up the facts, fictions, failures and achievements of the naval air war against North Vietnam in a quick, easy style, with superb organization and excellent supporting material in the appendices. Any student of the Vietnam air war who misses this title is not a serious person. It is required reading on the subject, and should be complemented by Marshal Michel's "Clashes" for the USAF side of the story.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
In my search to learn more about the era and the war I almost joined, I've read a lot of book about the war in Vietnam, including many specifically about the air war, and the pilots who fought it. "On Yankee Station" stands out from the pack. It's not the usual "There I was at 20,000 feet.." memoir; this is a critical look at the global strategy and the local tactics of the Vietnam war told by someone who had a unique view from the cockpit. It's also a blistering critique of the men who sent them to Vietnam, and manuy of those who commanded them- men that the authors see as dangeous amateurs, incompetant in the art of war, who needlessly wasted lives with arbitary rules. Well worth reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chetbr@aol.com on January 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book avoids a lot of the moralizing and arm waving about the Vietnam Air War and the tactical and strategic failures that occurred. The most impressive thing is the laundry list of key elements of air superiority. It is clear, concise, unambiguous, without the usual stridency that I've seen in several other books. Get a copy of this book, it should be required reading for all aviation buffs and people interested in national security.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hyslop@worldnet.att.net on November 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When John Nichols and Barrett Tillman produced this book from Naval Institute Press, their hope was that it would serve to prevent in the future some of the more egregious errors committed in the air war over North Vietnam. Our hope was realized when, at the end of Desert Storm, we heard from a Hornet squadron that they had taken several copies of OYS to combat as a "reality check" on tactics and rules of engagement. The squadron CO said that they brought all their jets back without a hole in any of them--we'd done our job! Waning interest in Vietnam generally has led to reduced sales, and Naval Institute informs us that it probably will declare the title out of print. Therefore, we want to let readers know that they should obtain copies while still available. Barrett Tillman and John B. Nichols
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Jennings on July 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This remains one of the best books about the Vietnam War and the Air War in particular. I read this book again and again. All Naval Aviators (including us Marines) should have this book in their library. Find a copy before it becomes impossible to do so. I don't think I have read a more honest, focused and reasoned book about the war. Good combat descriptions, artfully done. Excellent comments about morale. And brutally accurate accounts relating to wartime leaders, and specific consequences of their folly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Chad on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a F-8 enthusiast and I grew up after the Vietnam War, but I learned more about it from this book than I ever learned from anything in college or on film. This book was such a great read that I couldn't put it down, and when I went to work, I couldn't wait to get home so I could continue reading it. I finished it quickly and I have to say there were several stories in it that were described and pictured very vividly in my mind that stuck with me long after finishing this book.

Also, learning about the tactics and rules of engagement used by the US Navy in the Vietnam War and how the F-8's were specifically used and employed is priceless. The F-8 Crusader's history in this war is not as well known or as well covered in the media as the F-4 Phantom, and I'm so glad that CDR Nichols took the time to write this book before he passed away so it would never be lost. Thank you sir!

By the way, this book is in desperate need of a new edition. I first bought the paperback version which has the blue cover and it is a digitized copy of the 1987 first edition from the collections of the University of Michigan Library. This digitized copy is newly printed on demand when you order it, so what you get is a book that is new, but looks very old because of the source copy. The 20 black and white photos in the center of the book are also a little dark and fuzzy because of this digitization.

I later purchased an out of print hardcover edition of this book and it was much better than the digitized blue paperback. The printing on the page looked better, the photos in the center were brighter and sharper, and because I bought it used it cost a lot less!

This book is definitely worth owning and reading and I highly recommend picking up an out of print hardcover, especially if you can find one in good shape and at a decent price. Although a new edition of this book from the current holders of its publishing rights would be much appreciated.
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