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U.S. Army Helicopter Names in Vietnam Paperback – May 1, 2011
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The book is a very thorough, comprehensive, detailed LIST of helicopters by name, location, unit, and appears to be very complete in that respect. It contains perhaps a dozen or two small black and white photos that are all but useless for any serious reference.
It is a great LIST, but a very poor photographic record of the helicopter fleet in Vietnam. Perhaps having a preview of the contents would have eliminated any confusion...
I plan to take advantage of Amazon's return policy...
The true era of what one would call American involvement in Vietnam started after Lyndon Johnson took office, and the Tonkin Gulf Incident supposedly occurred in August of 1964. In regard to the North Vietnamese torpedo attacks on two U.S. warships, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara failed to inform LBJ that the naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf had changed his mind about the attacks he had reported earlier that day, and the result was the famous Tonkin Gulf Resolution that gave LBJ the power to conduct military operations in Southeast Asia without declaring war.Read more ›
This book is a treasure of historical information, helicopter units, types, nose art, and most of all individual helicopter names. The book is a must for historians, Vietnam unit webmasters, aircrew, and anyone who remembers flying in those special machines. The book has something for everyone who spent any time in Vietnam. The Army helicopter was the work horse of the war, it took us into places, and thankfully out of places, it brought us mail, food, beer, and some of everything else. Few veterans have forgotten their first ride in a helicopter, good or bad. Traveling as a passenger or as a crew member, there was a freedom while in the helicopter that was special. The excitement of the take off, the cool breeze and clean smell of the air as it moved swiftly from place to place. It was the closest thing to a magic carpet ride any of us had ever experienced before. A euphoria that overcame us, we were in a special place, away from the ground and away on a special machine.
Many of us only experienced this on one or two occasions, but we remember the experience, and noted the helicopter we flew in with awl and thanks. The thanked our crews for the trips to Vung Tau, Saigon, seldom to the LZ, but always for the trip out. We remember the faces and the machines only by the shape, noise, nose art, and name on the crew doors.
This book allows us to go back and revisit those wonderful machines, we can see some of the nose art, and for the ships that had names on the doors we can remember the ship and those days long gone. You can cross reference unit, a/c name, and other sources.
I personally enjoyed some of the rare never published before photos.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was packed with a lot of information but not enough pictures. I was hoping for more pictures of the aircraft listed.Published 8 months ago by Spiritwarrior
This wonderful book, a collection of wartime American art, gives us a unique glimpse into the minds, hearts and spirit of our young fighting men in Vietnam. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary Ann Cates
Pages 12, 363 has me listed as the CE for 'Bad Ass'. I was the gunner on this ship NOT the CE during 70-71. Steve Armas was the CE during that time and deserves all the credit.Published on March 4, 2014 by American Expat
Very unique subject with very little written about it. I would recommend to any Vets out there, particularly who are interested in the Vietnam War. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by James Vaczi
John Brennan deserves a big Thank You from everyone in our country. He has spent years and thousands of hours in research and compiling this book. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by PeteMP
For all those interested in the avaition war in RVN, you will need to read this book. As a crewchief and scout gunner i find this book gives a great insight into the mindset of... Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Sam L. Estes
I have three copies of John's book. One autographed that will stay home. I will take one to my 6th Unit Reunion to help the guys "remember" who they flew with. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Doug Windsand
I like this book enough to write a review. Writing a review on Amazon is something I seldom do, but given the impact this book has had on me, I decided to say something. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Frank Dillon