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Ironclaw: A Navy Carrier Pilot's Gulf War Experience Hardcover – September 1, 1996

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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Baldwin was fresh out of pilot training as a lieutenant j.g. when, on Dec. 10, 1990, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Midway in the Persian Gulf. A skilled aviator, the young "nugget"?a pilot on his first sea cruise?nevertheless had much to learn before becoming proficient at carrier operations. The process would be short and intense: Operation Desert Shield had begun months earlier, and Baldwin, along with his shipmates, knew that the U.S. could go to war against Iraq at any time. When Operation Desert Storm was launched in January 1991, Baldwin found himself in the thick of the action. By then, he had logged numerous hours on carrier launches, aerial refueling and landings performed at night on the pitching deck of "the smallest carrier in the fleet." As related here, these tasks are as terrifying as the later wartime missions. Baldwin's account of his attempt to hook up to a refueling tanker in the dark, while running out of gas and hampered by nervous jitters, is among the most vivid in aviation literature. His running tale of his long-distance courtship of his wife is less engaging, but it doesn't hamper the appeal of this gritty and visceral memoir.
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"The lowest jet in the stack was a F/A?18 Hornet at 6000 feet. At 2152 I heard, 'Drago 307, commencing, altimeter 30.10.' The Prowler's holding speed was 250 knots." Nearly 300 pages of such technical jargon comprise this work by Baldwin, a navy fighter pilot who came to the Gulf War within a few weeks of graduation from flight school. He describes his career from basic training to advanced pilot school, the courtship of his fiancee, and his arrival on the aircraft carrier Midway. One is impressed by the tremendous amount of training, stamina, and skill needed to become a modern combat pilot. Unfortunately, Baldwin is not as skillful a writer, and his text soon becomes very tiring. Only for the most dedicated aviation technical buffs.?Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
  • Hardcover : 265 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0688143032
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0688143039
  • Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Co; 1st ed edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: : English
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