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NON-FICTION, VIETNAM

 

A Cavalryman's Story: Memoirs of a Twentieth-Century Army General. Hamilton H. Howze. 1996. Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1560986646.

Across the Mekong: The True Story of an Air America Pilot. Charles O. Davis. Hildesigns Press. ISBN: 0963960520

Aeromedical Aspects Of Helicopter Operations In The Tactical Situation. 1967. NATO.

Aeroscouts. Charles Holley. 1992. Pocket Books, NY. ISBN: 0-671-76055-6.

A History Of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 16. Gary W. Parker. 1978. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps: Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Office.

Airmobile: The Helicopter War in Vietnam. James Mesko. Squadron/Signal. 1984. ISBN: 0897471598.

Airmobility in Vietnam: Helicopter Warfare in Southeast Asia. LTG John Tolson. 1981. Arno Press.

Air War--Vietnam. Frank Harvey. Bantam, 1967.

AH-1: Cobra (Modern Fighting Aircraft, Vol. 13). Doug Richardson. Prentice Hall. 1987. ISBN: 0130207519.

AH-1: Cobra in Action. Wayne Mutza. 1998. Aircraft Number 168. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc.

AH-1 HueyCobra.* (Combat Aircraft Series). Lindsay Peacock. 1987. Osprey Publishing, Ltd. 48 pp. ISBN: 085045-768-8.

Anatomy of a Division: The First Cavalry in Vietnam. Shelby L. Stanton. ISBN: 0-89141-259-X.

Apache Sunrise. Jerome M. Boyle. 1994. Ivy Books, NY. ISBN: 0-8041-1069-7.

Bonnie-Sue: A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam. Marion F. Sturkey. 1997. Heritage Press International, ISBN: 0965081427.

Brandywine’s War. Robert Vaughn. Bartholomew House. ISBN: 0877940282

Brennan's War: Vietnam 1965-1969. Matthew Brennan. 1985. Pocket Books, NY. ISBN: 0-671-70595-4.

Brian Wizard's Permission to Kill: Viet Nam, '68-'69: the Thunderhawks, 181st Assault Helicopter Company. Brian Wizard. Year? Starquill. ISBN: 0949702013.

Centaur Flights: A Cobra Pilot in the 4th Cav. Richard D. Spalding. 1996. Ivy Books, NY. ISBN: 0-8041-1560-5.

Ceremonies of the Horsemen. * Mark Staggs. 1997. American Literary Press. ISBN: 1561673420.

Chickenhawk: A Shattering Personal Account of the Helicopter War in Vietnam. Robert Mason. 1984. Penguin Books, NY. ISBN: 0-14-00-7218-7.

Chickenhawk: Back in the World. Life After Vietnam. Robert Mason. 1993. Penguin Books, NY. ISBN: 0670-84835-2.

Choppers: The Heroic Birth of Helicopter Warfare. J.D. Coleman & Ace Collins. St. Martins Mass Market Paper (in press). ISBN: 0312966350.

Cleared Hot: A Marine Combat Pilot’s Vietnam. Col. Bob Stoffey. 1992. St. Martin’s, NY.

Crew Chief. Jesse T. McLeod. 1988. Daring Books, Canton, OH. ISBN: 0-938936-78-6.

Dear Mom, I’m Alive. Randolph P. Mains. 1992. Avon Books, NY. New York.

Dust Off (Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, Vol. 16). John L. Cook &John Cook. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publ. 1988. ISBN: \0553345508.

Easy Target: The Long, Strange Trip of a Scout Pilot in Vietnam. Tom Smith. 1996. Presidio Press, Novato, CA. ISBN: 0-89141-595-5.

An Illustrated Guide to the Air War over Vietnam: Aircraft of the Southeast Asia Conflict. Bernard C. Nalty, George M. Watson, & Jacob Neufeld, New York: Arco, 1981. 159 pp.

Eyes of the Eagle. W. T. Grant.

Few Die Well. David R. Olsen.

1500 Feet Over Vietnam: a Marine Helicopter Pilot's Diary. Bruce R. Lake. Almine Library. 371 pp. ISBN: 0962350028.

Fighting Helicopters of the 20th Century. Christopher Chant. 1996. Tiger Books Int'l., London. ISBN: 185501-808-X.

Firebirds: The Best First-person Account of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam Ever Written. Chuck Carlock. 1995. The Summit Publishing Gp., Arlington, TX. 285 pp. ISBN: 1-56530-197-8.

From Horse To Helicopter. John Sutton & John Walker. Publisher/Year? ISBN:0850527244.

Ground Attack Vietnam: The Marines who Controlled the Skies. J. M. Moriarty, New York: Ivy, 1993.

Gunslingers in Action. Lou Drendel. 1974. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-89747-013-3.

Headhunters. Matthew Brennan (ed.). Presidio Press. 1987. ISBN: 0-89141-300-6.

Heliborne: USMC Helicopter Assault. (Osprey Color Library) Yves Debay & Lindsay Peacock. 1993. Motorbooks (Osprey Color Library). ISBN: 1855323117.

Historical Summary. 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division. The Vietnam Years. 2000. LTC (Ret) Hilbert H. Chole. Self published.

Huey. Jay & David Groen. 1984. ISBN 0-345-31253-8.

Huey. W. Mutza. 1992. Squadron Signal. ISBN: 0897472799.

Huey. Lou Drendel. Squadron/Signal. (Modern Military Aircraft Series). 1983. ISBN: 0897471458.

Huey: A Helicopter Legend. (Osprey Military Aircraft). Salvador Mafe Huertas. Osprey Publ. Co. 1993. ISBN: 1855322722.

Hunter-Killer Squadron: Aero-Weapons, Aero-Scouts, Aero-Rifles. Matthew Brennan (ed.). Presidio Press. 1990. ISBN: 0-89141-394-4.

H-34 Choctaw in Action. Lennart Lundh. 1994. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc. Aircraft Number 146. ISBN 0-89747-319-1.

Life on the Line. Philip Chinnery.

Low-Level Hell: A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One. Hugh L. Mills, Jr. 1992. Dell, NY. ISBN: 0-44021549-8.

Maverick. Dennis J. Marvicsin and Jerold A. Greenfield. 1990. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. ISBN 0-399-13567-7.

Military Helicopter Doctrines of the Major Powers, 1945-1992: Making Decisions about Air-Land Warfare. Matthew Allen. 1993. ISBN: 0313285225.

Pleiku - The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam. J. D. Coleman. 1989. St. Martin's Paperbacks. ISBN: 0-312-914-68-7.

Primer of the Helicopter War.* Charles Holley & Mike Sloniker. 1997. Nissi Publishing, Dallas-Ft. Worth. ISBN: 0-944372-11-2.

Rescue Under Fire: The Story of Dust Off in Vietnam. John L.Cook. 1998. Schiffer Publishing LTD. ISBN 0-7643-0461-5

Silent Birdmen. Albert Rampone. Rampone Publications, Knob Noster, MO. ISBN: 0-962-07160-5.

Snake Driver! Cobras in Vietnam. Bob Rosenburgh. 1993. Ivy Books, NY. ISBN: 0-841-0538-3.

Talons of Fire. Mike Austin & Don Dunnington. WWW: http://www.vietvet.org/bg23.htm

The Broken Sword.* Lee Westbrook. 1996. Nissi Publishing Co., Dallas-Ft. Worth. ISBN: 0-944372-06-6.

The Cavalry Trade. Col. John B. Stockton. 1999. Rita Stockton.

The Coming of Age: The Role of the Helicopter in the Vietnam War. Army History No. l 29 (Winter 1994), pp. 29-36.

The Huey and Huey Cobra. Bill Siuru. Aero Publ. 1987. ISBN: 0830683933.

The Jesus Nut.* David Freeman. Nissi Publishing, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.309 pp.

The Making of a Falcon. Dominic Fino. 1995. Vantage Press, NY. ISBN: 0-533-11190-0.

The UH-1C Huey. Peter Wayne Harlem. 1985. Cobra Company. ISBN: 0933907001.

Vietnam Above the Treetops: A Forward Air Controller Reports. John F. Flanagan. Praeger/ Dell. .New York, 1992. 336 pp.

Vietnam Choppers: Helicopters In Battle 1950-1975. Paperback Mass Market. Date? ISBN: 0850455723.

Vietnam Helicopter Handbook. Barry Gregory. 1988 Wellingborough, England. 152 pp. (or 1989. HarperCollins. (& P. Stephens) ISBN: 1852600241).

Vietnam: The War in the Air. Rene Francillon. New York: Arch Cape Press. 1987. 255 pp. A detailed account, heavily illustrated, with much information about particular units and aircraft types.

Vietnam: The Helicopter War. Philip D. Chinnery. 1991. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. ISBN: 155750-875-5.

USMC Vietnam Helicopter Pilots. 1995. Turner Publ. Co. ISBN: 156311190X.

VNAF: The South Vietnamese Air Force: 1945-1975. Jim Mesko. 1987. Squadron/Signal Publ. 64 pp.

Why Didn’t You Get Me Out? Betrayal in the Viet Cong Death Camps; The Truth About Hero es, Traitors, and those Left Behind. Frank Anton with Tommy Denton. 1997. The Summit Publishing Group, Arlington, Texas. 196 pp. ISBN: 1-56530-251-6.

UH-1 Iroquois/AH-1 Hueycobra. Jerry Scutts. Motorbooks International. 1984. ISBN: 0711014167.

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. 1995. Turner Publ. ISBN: 1563111438.

Winged Sabers. The Air Cavalry in Vietnam, 1965-1973. Lawrence H. Johnson. 1990. Stackpole Books. ISBN: 0811718573.

Wings of the Eagle: A Kingsman's Story. W. T. Grant. 1994. Ivy Books, NY. ISBN: 0-8041-1062-X.

Wings for the Valiant.* Robert W. Sisk. 1991. Warner Books, Inc., NY. ISBN: 0-446-36017-1.

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FICTION, VIETNAM

 

A Killing Shadow. Randolph E. Crew. Artec Publishing.

CW2. Layne Heath. 1990. Avon Books, NY. ISBN: 0-380-71000-5.

Doorgunner. Michael Williams. 1987. Tom Doherty Asso., Inc. ISBN: 0-812-51202-2.

Fiddler’s Green. Ron Timberlake. Web-published work in progress. Heli-Vet’s home page.

Gunship: 82 Challenging New Adventures. Dave Prochnow. 1988. Tab Books. ISBN: 0830693327.

Orders to Vietnam: A Novel of Helicopter Warfare. William E. Butterworth. Little Brown & Co. 1968. ISBN: 0316119059.

Red Bird Down! Bruce E. Carlson. 2000. Morris Publishing, Kearney, NE. ISBN 0-9701560-0-6

Sacrifices. James Nathan Post. Web-published book. http://www.zianet.com/scribes/#SACRIFICES

The Blue Deep. Layne C. Heath. 1993. William Morrow & Company, Inc. ISBN: 0688103138.

Whirlwind. James Clavell. 1986. William Morrow & Company. ISBN: 0688066631.

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NON-FICTION (mostly), GENERAL

 

Advanced Alloys in the Soviet Aviation Industry: Enhancing Fatigue Strength of Helicopter Components. Valery Weinstein & Rebecca Krafft (Ed.). 1986. Delphic Associates, Inc. ISBN: 1558310568.

Aerodynamics of the Helicopter. Alfred Gessow and Garry C. Myers. 1967. Continuum Publishing Company. ISBN: 0804442754. (But also: Aerodynamics Of The Helicopter; The Standard Work on Helicopters. Ungar Pub. Co.)

AH 64 Apache in Action. Squadron/Signal. 1989. ISBN: 0897472233.

Analysis of U. S. Army Helicopter Programs. Frances M. Lussier. 1996. Diane Publishing Co. ISBN: 078812756X.

Apache: Multi-Purpose Attack Helicopter. Intl. Defense Images. Motorbooks Intl. 1988. ISBN: 0879383038.

Basic Helicopter Handbook. Federal Aviation Administration. Jepperson Sanderson Aviation. 1978. ISBN: 089100162X.

Basic Helicopter Handbook. 1995. Diane Publishing Company. ISBN: 0788119796.

Bell Aircraft Since 1935. Alain J. Pelletier. 1992. Naval Institute. ISBN: 1557500568.

Bell UH-1 (Super Profile). Christopher Chant. Haynes Publications. 1985. ISBN: 0854294376.

Black Helicopters Over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order. 1995.Jim Keith. IllumiNet. ISBN: 1881532054. (Fiction?)

Black Helicopters II: The Endgame Strategy. Jim Keith. 1998. IllumiNet. ISBN: 1881532143.

Chilled Glass & Hot Pots: The Story of Helicopter Pilot. Gary D. Traylor. 1987. Heli World. ISBN: 093917703X.

Chopper!: The Illustrated Story of Helicopters in Action. Bern Keating. 1976. Rand McNally & Co. ISBN: 0-528-81842-2.

Cocky, The Little Helicopter. Marjorie Barrows. 1943. Rand McNally & Co.

Combat Helicopters. Jay Schleifer. 1996. Capstone Publ. ISBN: 156065305.

Combat Helicopters. Yves Debay. 1996. Motorbooks. 152 pp. ISBN: 2908182521. Connecticut ... Helicopter Portraits. 1956? Distributed by" the Corporation" [http://www.books.com/scripts/default.exe].

Das Grosse Hubschrauber-Typenbuch: Helikopter der Welt. Marcus Aulfinger. Midland Counties Publications. Date? 244 pp.

Emergency Rescue Vehicles. Mike Haenggi and John Holmgren. 1997. Motorbooks. ISBN: 076030274X.

Flight for Life.* Marie Maher. Pocket Books. 1993.ISBN: 067174464X.

Flying Firefighters. Gary Hines. 1993. Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0395611970. (childrens’)

From Horse to Helicopter. Transporting the British Army in War and Peace. John Sutton and John Walker. 1990. Leo Cooper, London.

German Helicopters, 1928-1945. Heinz J. Nowarra. 1991. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. ISBN: 0887402895.

Helicopters. Darlene R. Stille. 1997. Children's Press. ISBN: 0516203355. (childrens’)

Gunship Academy: Tactics and Maneuvers for Attack Helicopter Simulations. Richard G. Sheffield. Compute. 1988. ISBN: 0874551536.

H-34 Choctaw in Action. Lennart Lundh. 1994. Squadron Signal. ISBN: 0897473191.

Helicopter Ambulance Study. Robert R. Coleman. 1969.

Helicopter Mystery. Elting. ISBN: 0817831711.

Helicopter Pilots. Crestwood House. 1988.ISBN: 0516303996.

Ka-50. A. Mazepov, A. Mikheev, V. Zenkin, and A. Zhimov. Year? Polygon, Moscow.

Forged in Steel: U.S. Marine Corps Aviation. C.J. Heatley III , Kathleen D. Valenzi (Ed.). 1991. Howell Press. ISBN: 0943231000.

Friendly Fire Shootdown of Army Helicopters Over Northern Iraq: Hearing Before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Congress, first session, hearing held, August 3, 1995. U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office. ISBN: 0160520606.

Helicopters. (How-It-Works series). Ian Graham. 1996. Shooting Star Press (Belgium). 32 pp. ISBN: 1-57338-541-0. Childrens’ book, but excellent illustrations of mechanics; photos ($2.98 at mall book bin).

Helicopter Aces (Visual Novel of the War of Tomorrow). James W. Braden. Avon Books. 1990. ISBN: 0380758474 . Fiction.

Helicopter Ambulance Service To Emergencies: Final Report [On Project Haste]. Publ. ? 1971.

Helicopter Design and Data Manual. Stanley J. Dzik. 1984. Aviation Book Co. ISBN: 0879940107.

Helicopter Directory. Joseph Mill. Brown. Hippocrene Books. 1976. ISBN: 0882543822.

Helicopter Fighters: Warbirds of Battle. Andy Lightbody. Beekman House. 1990. ISBN: 0517687623.

 

Helicopter: History, Piloting and How It Flies. John Fay. Hippocrene Books. 1987. ISBN: 0870523880.

Helicopters In The High Country: 40 Years of Mountain Flying. Peter Corley-Smith and David N. Sono Nis Press. ISBN # 1-55039-061-9.

Helicopter Mystery. Elting. Date? ISBN: 0817831711.

Helicopter Pilot. W. W. Butterworth. Norton (publ.) 1967.

Helicopter Pilot Manual. 1996. Jeppesen S. ISBN#: 0884872238.

Helicopter Pilot Reports. (At Risk Series), 1995. Aviation Week and Space Technology. ISBN: 0070031681.

Helicopter Pilots (At Risk Series). Nielsen. Crestwood House. 1988. ISBN: 0896863999.

Helicopter (Take It Apart). Chris Oxlade & Mike Grey. 1997. Silver Burdett Press. ISBN#: 0382396693. (childrens’)

Helicopter Rescue. John Chartres. Ian Allan (publ.). ISBN: 0711010625.

Helicopter Rescues. Glines Cv. Scholastic Paperbacks. 1975. ISBN: 0590002864

Helicopter: Story of the Falklands Campaign. John Hamilton. 1990. Trafalgar Square. ISBN: 0715392867.

Helicopter Theory. Wayne Johnson. 1994. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN: 0486682307.

Helicopter-UFO Encounter Over Ohio. Jennie Zeidman. 1979. J Allen Hynek. ISBN: 9999181333.

Helicopter Utilization In Municipal Law Enforcement, Administrative Considerations. James R. Beall. 1973. Thomas Charles C Publ. ISBN: 0398027803.

Helicopters: Wildwings, Photos, Specs: Adventures in the Sky! Phyllis Raybin Emert. Silver Burdett Press. 1990. ISBN: 0671689673.

Hovering - the History of the Whirly-Girls International Women Helicopter Pilots. Henry M. Holden. 1994. Black Hawk Publishing Company. ISBN: 187963094X (paperback: ISBN: 1879630958)

Igor Sikorsky: Father of the Helicopter. (Masters of Invention), Steven Otfinoski. 1993. Rourke Enterprises. ISBN: 0865921008.

Instructor's Guide to Helicopter Flight Maneuvers. Knight. 1984. Aviation Book Co. ISBN: 9991765409.

Learning to Fly Helicopters. R. Randall Padfield. 1991. McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0830620923.

McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache (Classic Warplanes). Bob Munro. Gallery Books. 1991. ISBN: 0831714050.

Mi 24 Hind in Action. Hans-Heiri Stapfer. 1989. Squadron/Signal. ISBN: 0897472039.

Military Helicopters, Vol. 6. John J. Everett-Heath, G. M. Moss, A. W. Mowat, & K. E. Reid. 1990. Brassey's, Inc. ISBN: 008036716X.

1988 Survey Of American Women Helicopter Pilots. Enid C. Kaspar. 1988. E.C. Kaspar (Publ.)

Operation Desert Storm: Apache Helicopter Fratricide Incident. Barbara Cart, William McDaniel, & E. Stone (Eds.). DIANE Publ. ISBN: 0788141155.

Personnel Safety in Helicopter Operations: Helirescue Manual. 1988. Emerg Response. ISBN: 091372436X.

Pitch, Power, and Luck: A Helicopter. Gary Traylor. Heliworld Press. 1987. ISBN: 0939177021

Precision-Guided Logistics: Flexible Support for the Force-Projection Army's High-Technology Weapons. Marc L. Robbins & Douglas W. McIver. 1994. Rand Corp. ISBN: 0833015745.

Principles of Helicopter Flight. Jean-Pierre Harrison. 1993. Pilot Training Publications Co. ISBN: 0963849107.

Rotary Elite: Army Choppers of NATO. Yves Debay and James Hill, Concord Publications CP-4017. 96 pp. Rotor &Wing (magazine)

Shock Trauma.* Pat G Jensen. 1997. Pat Jensen Jeffrey. 306 pp. ISBN: 0968195601. Fiction.

Status of Advanced Attack Helicopter Program. Department Of The Army. 1977. U.S. General Accounting Office.

Status Of The Ch-53e Helicopter Program. Department of The Navy. 1977. U.S. General Accounting Office.

Ten Thousand Hours: Reminiscences of Helicopter Bush Pilot.* S. Corley. 1940. Sono Nis Press. ISBN: 9997736087

The Art & Science of Flying Helicopters. Shawn Corwyn Coyle. 1996. Iowa State University. ISBN#: 081382169X.

The Big Book of Real Helicopters. How They Work, What They Do, Where They Go. Clayton Knight. . Date? Grossett & Dunlap. (old childrens' book)

The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare in Africa. 1995. A. Venter, Richard Wood, & Neall Ellis. Stackpole Books. ISBN: 1853671770.

The Complete Guide To 1001 Helicopter Operators In The United States. 1991. Heli-Publications.

The Flapping Behaviour of a Helicopter Rotor at High Tip Speed Ratios. Ernest Wilde. H.M.S.O.

The Foundations of Helicopter Flight.* Simon Newman. 1994. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 303 pp. ISBN: 047023394X.

The Helicopter: An Illustrated History. Keith Carey. P. Stephens (publ.). date? ISBN: 0850597951.

The Helicopter, Its Importance To Commerce And To he Public. Ann N. Davis. 1978. Helicopter Association of America.

The Helicopter Story of the Falklands Campaign. John Hamilton. David & Charles UK. 1991. ISBN: 0715392867.

The McDonnell Douglas Apache (Aero Series, Vol. 33). Frank Caleche. Aero Publ. 1988. ISBN: 0830686142.

The McDonnell Douglas OH-6a Helicopter. Donald J. Porter. 1996. DIANE Publ. ISBN: 0788139762.

The Official Helicopter Specification Book. HeliValue$. Year? ISBN: 0943791952.

UH-1H/V Flight Handbook for U.S. Army Aviators. Bruce W. Dawson, Michael E. Jose (Ed.), & Denise C. Dawson (Ed.). 1995. Silver Wings Publishers. ISBN: 1878595008.

United States Naval Aviation Patches: Aircraft/Attack Squadrons/Helicopter Squadrons. Michael L. Roberts. 1995. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Vertical Challenge: The Hiller Aircraft Story. Jay P. Spenser. 1992. University of Washington Press. ISBN: 0295972033.

Westland Sea King. John Chartres. I. Allan (publ.). Year? ISBN: 0711013942.

We Were Soldiers Once … And Young: Ia Drang, the Battle the Changed the War in Vietnam. Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway. 1993. Random House, NY.

Working Hard with the Rescue Helicopter.* Cynthia Benjamin. Scholastic. 1997. ISBN#: 0590134493. (Childrens’)

Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers. Jay P. Spenser. University of Washington Press. (in press). ISBN: 0295976993.

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VIDEO and AUDIO TAPES

 

Apache: Attack Helicopter. VHS. Published by Baker & Taylor Video. 1991. ISBN: 6303389244.

Helicopter Gunships. Vietnam Home Movies. VHS. Published by BVC Publ. 1994. ISBN: 6302526825.

Helicopter Safe Pilot Series. VHS. Published by FERDE GROFE FILMS. 1992. ISBN: 6302138280.

Let's Go Fly a Helicopter. VHS. Published by BLUE BEETLE PRODUCTIONS. 1996. ISBN: 6303593100.

Police in Helicopter. John Holt. Audio CD. Published by NYAM. 1998. ISBN: 6304894112.

The Wild Ones. The Air Cavalry in Vietnam: The True Story of the Legendary Air-Ground Assault Force That Struck Terror in the Hearts of the Enemy! VHS. Dane Hansen Productions. P.O. Box 18163, Boulder, CO. 80308. 1-800-546-8871. ISBN 1-57031-029-7.

Of Heroes and Helicopters: The Life and Times of the Helicoper Pilot in Vietnam. VHS. Dane Hanson Productions. 3405 Penrose Place, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301. 1-800-546-8871.

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INTERNET SOURCES FOR BUYING BOOKS AND TAPES

 

Amazon Books: http://www.amazon.com/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

Bibliofind (for old, used, & rare books): http://www.bibliofind.com/

Book Stacks Unlimited, Inc.: http://www.books.com/scripts/news.exe

Burkes Bookstore: www.burkesbooks.com (found copy of Winged Sabers when nobody else could!)

Interloc: http://www.interloc.com/

The Summit Publishing Group: http://www.summitbooks.com/

ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR FINDING OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS:

Editions Booksearch, Inc. 117 Cotton Square, Lufkin, TX 75904 (409)639-1187

Tattered Cover. (800) 833-9327

Book Call (800) 255-2665

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LISTS OF BOOKS ON VIETNAM ON THE INTERNET:

 

Edwin E. Moïse Bibliography, a history Professor at Clemson University, maintains an extensive list of publications on Vietnam: http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~eemoise/bibliography.html/

Illyria: http://www.illyria.com/vnbooks.html#QR (an eclectic homepage; linked to Amazon Books; describes content of certain books).

Oakton (IL) Community College homepage has a Vietnam section with a book list: http://acs.oakton.edu/~wittman/nfiction.html

Library of Congress: http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage/lchp.html

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REVIEWS & SYNOPSES

 

AH-1 HueyCobra (Combat Aircraft Series) by Lindsay Peacock. W. A. Jones: This thin little paperback is chocked full of historical details and has many photos and several good color illustrations of many units' paint jobs. Included are the shark's teeth versions of C-1/9th, D-3/4th, B-25th AB, and another unique toothy version only identified as "Pale Rider of the 1st Cav." The crossed sabers of the 1/7th are shown. Several angles of an F/8 ship are illustrated. A Marine AH-T of HMM 261 (1983-era) is depicted, as are those of some export countries: Israel, the Spanish Navy, Japan, and Iran. There is an unidentified photo of a flight of 3 Cobras with cool teeth. Another shows an apparent Centaur in the foreground with 5 Marine CH-46s in the background "near Hue", over water. Another depicts a closeup of a Blue Max in a rocket run. A very detailed skeleton drawing depicts most all the internals - each identified in a numbered list. The last section is on later variants. The booklet contains a very good evolutionary history, with many photos. This publication has a heavy Marine influence. One of the 5 chapters is devoted to the Marine Cobra. The chapter on "Cobra in Service" stated that initial Cobra training by Marines was at Hunter Army Airfield. A gratuitous sentence states: "Training was accomplished alongside Army personnel, and some idea of the superior qualities of the Marines can be gained from the fact that, in a class of 39, the four USMC candidates occupied the first four places on graduation." That ought to be a source of pride to you Marines, but I wonder how those four were selected, compared to how Army candidates were "selected." Overall, it is a "must have" book for anyone interested in the HueyCobra. I'm quite sure I found it in a model-and-hobby shop in Tucson several years ago while looking (unsuccessfully) for the old Revell model kit of the AH-1G I used to have.

 

Ceremonies of the Horsemen by Mark Staggs. Midwest Book Review: In 1970, a California judge sent Wade B. Staggs into enlist in the military for an "attitude adjustment". Ceremonies Of The Horsemen examines Wade's combat experiences in the United States Army as a member of the Fox Troop, 3rd Attack Helicopter Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division AH-1G COBRA and relates the details of the personal relationships Wade developed with those with whom he shared these experiences. Wade returned to California in 1971 after his Cobra Helicopter was shot down and he was critically wounded. However, he was not received as a war hero who had been willing to forfeit his life for the love of country and the safety of his fellow Americans. He struggled with his relationships with others who could not comprehend his combat experiences, poor health as a result of the wounds he sustained during the war, depression, and poverty. In addition to being the story of one man's experiences during and after the Vietnam War, Ceremonies Of The Horsemen is a reminder that war does not only damage the physical body, it is destructive to the mind and soul.

 

Flight for Life by Marie Maher. Synopsis: Contains firsthand accounts about daring rescues from the pilots, the flight nurses, the paramedics, and the emergency crews of America's helicopter rescue teams. By the author of Trooper Down!

 

Shock Trauma by Pat G. Jensen. (Fiction). This is the first novel ever to capture the heart pounding, life and death drama of helicopter air ambulance rescue. The story revolves around the misadventures of ICU nurse Angie Jackson, paramedic Russ Andrews and pilot Dale Morgan as they fly to the scene of motor vehicle accidents, assist with mountain rescues, learn how to luge and take part in the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games torch relay. " I got so tired of reading medical novels that were always about doctors and hospitals. As a helicopter flight nurse, I wanted to capture the heart-pounding emotion of racing to the scene of a multi-car pileup. To feel the drama, fear and stress of fighting to keep a patient alive while flying 2000 feet above the ground. I wanted to show readers my world...to experience it through the eyes of someone who's been there...done it...and has the physical and emotional battle scars to prove it." - Author.

 

Talons of Fire. The recollections of Mike Austin, an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Mike collaborated with 101st Airborne veteran Don Dunnington on this outstanding glimpse into grass roots level flying during the Vietnam War.

 

The Foundations of Helicopter Flight by Simon Newman. From the publisher: Using practical examples and illustrated case studies, supported by all relevant theory, this text offers an accessible introduction which guides the reader through the theory, design, construction and operation of helicopters. Develops fundamental performance and control equations in order to explore the rotor aerodynamic and dynamic characteristics of helicopters. Example calculations and performance predictions, reflecting current practice, demonstrate how to assess a design's feasibility. Includes numerous photos.

 

Ten Thousand Hours: Reminiscences of Helicopter Bush Pilot by S. Corley. On-line reader: "Interesting little stories about bush flying between 1950 and 1960 in Alaska and Canada. Enjoyable to read for heli freaks to become an idea how heli flying was during this time. Easy to get in Alaska (1996)."

 

Primer of the Helicopter War by Charles Holley & Mike Sloniker. From the publisher: Unlike other history books written about the Vietnam War, this book was written with helicopters and their crews as the main focus . . . and, it was written by helicopter pilots. Charles Holley flew scout helicopters in Vietnam and is the author of the highly-acclaimed Bantam War Series book, Aeroscouts. Mike Sloniker flew slicks and is widely-known as a Vietnam War historian. Together they have put together a highly-informative book, filled with first person accounts and photographs, that has no equal. The chapters in the book follow the events of the Vietnam war chronologically, and include the roles played by helicopters in each of the major battles. If you crewed a helicopter in Vietnam, this book is a must have!

 

The Broken Sword by Lee Westbrook. Exerpt from publisher: How can your Vet do the things he does? Why does he do them? Doesn't he know what it's doing to the family? No, he doesn't ...There are no medals, no citations, no parades, and certainly no glory for those who love, have loved, still love, or wish they could love a Vietnam War Veteran. There are no Purple Hearts for mental scars--yours, or his. For many years, no one knew how deep the Vietnam Vet's wounds were, nor how to begin the healing that would someday restore at least part of what he once was. There is no way to get the whole man back. Perhaps the part you loved the most about him--his innocence--was killed by the war. That part of him cannot be recovered. But, you can get the better part of what is left.

 

The Jesus Nut by David Freeman. From the publisher: Vietnam helicopter pilots learned to depend upon the threaded retaining nut that secures the main rotor system to the mast on a UH-1 (Huey) or AH-1 (Cobra) helicopter. If that nut failed . . . well, that's why it was commonly called the JESUS NUT. Whether you knew Jesus or not, you were on your way to meet Him! It was near the end of the war and the U.S. was pulling out of theDelta, leaving some of its own behind. When the US Navy gave up on its prisoners in the South, one man didn't. Army Warrant Officer Eric Mohr was determined to see his brother-in-law, a Navy POW being held in the South, set free. When Eric couldn't get help through conventional channels, he found it through his contacts in the Christian community. Backed by the prayer support of a small group of dedicated believers, and trusting in God for direction, Eric and his friends embark upon a dangerous mission in the U Minh forest of South Vietnam. Plenty of flying, plenty of action, and a fresh look at God's work in the lives of men and women during the Vietnam War.

 

Wings for the Valiant by Robert W. Sisk. On-line comment: "I was a grunt in Vietnam, and Sisk's book provided me with the perspective of a chopper jockey. Like Sisk, I became a writer after the war, and I know how hard it is to make combat real for those who haven't been run through the mill. Read Sisk's book if you want to come as close to combat as possible without getting shot."

 

Working Hard with the Rescue Helicopter by Cynthia Benjamin. Synopsis: A rescue helicopter pilot spends his day saving people caught in dangerous situations such as fires, floods, and hurricanes before returning home for his daughter's birthday party. Cute.