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Vietnam Air War

Books on Pilots, Fighters, Bombers and Helicopters of the Vietnam Conflict
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B-52 Strato Fortress at War
by J. Ethell, J. Christy
Listed under B-52 Stratofortress
Bonnie-Sue : A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam
by Marion F. Sturkey 
Paperback - 510 pages (March )
Heritage Press Int'l; ISBN: 0965081427
Low Level Hell : A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One
Hugh L., Jr. Mills, Robert Anderson
The first-hand account of a special breed of Vietnam aviator, by a highly decorated pilot whose exploits in armed helicopters have become legendary. His chopper wasn't designed to fight, but 21-year-old Hugh Mills had other ideas. His troop of scouts made up their own rules and made aerial warfare history.
by Robert C. Mason
An extraordinary book by a veteran of 1000 helicopter missions in Vietnam. Read More

Choppers: The Heroic Birth of Helicopter Warfare
J.D. Coleman, Ace Collins

Captain Hook: A Pilot's Tragedy and Triumph in the Vietnam War
Wynn F. Foster, James B. Stockdale
Hardcover / Published 1992

Clashes : Air Combat over North Vietnam 1965-1972
Marshall L. III Michel
A retired Air Force fighter pilot and Vietnam veteran makes full use of recently declassified U.S. documents in this first comprehensive study of fighter combat over North Vietnam. His balanced, exhaustive coverage describes and analyzes both Air Force and Navy engagements with North Vietnamese MiGs but also includes discussions of the SAM threat and U.S. countermeasures, laser- guided bombs, and U.S. attempts to counter the MiG threat with a variety of technological equipment. Accessible yet professional, the book is filled with valuable lessons learned that are as valid today as they were in the 1960s and 1970s. Some 15 photos and 45 drawings and maps, including diagrams of both American and North Vietnamese formations and tactics, are included. 
Beginning with the first air-to-air engagements of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965, Marshall Michel describes the initial American successes against the MiGs and the stunning turn of events in late 1967 when the North Vietnamese began shooting down more U.S. aircraft than they lost. He explains how in 1968, at the end of Rolling Thunder, the U.S. Air Force ignored problems with their tactics, formations, and missiles, while the U.S. Navy undertook a complete reassessment of its air-to-air operations and formed its famous Topgun course. 

The second part of the book, covering Operation Linebacker in 1972, examines the results of these two approaches and how the Navy scored heavily against the MiGs while the Air Force continued to suffer losses to MiG-21s. Michel offers extraordinary insights into events that lead to this situation and the Air Force´s efforts to reverse the trend. 

This combination of actual dogfight descriptions with authoritative analysis of the tactics, pilot skills, high-level decisionmaking, and short comings--over 57 percent of U.S. air-to-air missiles malfunctioned and less than 13 percent scored a kill--will prove indispensable to everyone with an interest in air combat, the war in Vietnam, and Navy and Air Force aviation in general. 

Cleared Hot! : A Marine Combat Pilot's Vietnam Diary
by Bob Stoffey
Paperback - 328 pages Reprint edition
St Martins Mass Market Paper; ISBN: 0312929412

Firebirds : Helicopter Combat in Vietnam
Chuck Carlock

Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-bombardiers of Vietnam
Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-bombardiers of Vietnam
by Robert O. Harder
U.S. Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of pilots, their contributions misunderstood or simply unknown to the public. This was especially the case with the B-52 non-pilot aircrews in the Vietnam War. Yet, without them, it would have been impossible to execute nuclear war strike plans or fly conventional bombing sorties. With this book, one of their own reveals who these men were and what they did down in the Black Hole of the B-52 bomber. It is the only work to detail the B-52 air war in Vietnam from the perspective of a navigator-bombardier. The book's opening thrusts the reader into the thick of the war's climactic 1972 Hanoi Christmas bombing, an operation so poorly planned that it nearly became a disaster of epic proportions. The author then offers a history of the development of bombing techniques and the evolution of bomber aircraft, focusing on the Vietnam-era B-52. Final chapters return readers to the eleven-day Christmas War over Hanoi and Haiphong for an insider's view of that defining battle, described by the author as the last massed, heavy bomber raid the world will ever see. The author brings the book to a close with a discussion of the B-52 and its capabilities in the twenty-first century. 
Hardcover from Naval Institute Press
Availability: Usually ships in 11 to 12 days

F-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War
(Osprey Combat Aircraft, 7)
Paperback - 96 pages
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 1855327244

RF-8 Crusader Units over Cuba and Vietnam
(Combat Aircraft , No 12)
Throughout the Cuban crisis, the White House relied heavily on photographic intelligence gained by the US Navy and Marine Corps RF-8 overflights. The recce Crusader's next taste of action came during the long years of the Vietnam war, when the Vought jet assumed the mantle of primary photographic platform through the nine years of conflict. This volume chronicles the combat history of the jet.
Paperback - 96 pages (April )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855327821

Mig 17 and Mig 19 Units of the Vietnam War
(Combat Aircraft, 25)
by Istvan Toperczer
Paperback - 96 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1841761621
Mig-21 Units of the Vietnam War (Combat Aircraft, 29)
by Istvan Toperczer, Mark Styling (Illustrator)
Paperback - 96 pages (December )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1841762636

100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War
by Ken Bell, Ken, Brig, Ge
Paperback from Brasseys, Inc.

Rescue Under Fire : The Story of Dustoff in Vietnam (Schiffer Military/Aviation History)
by John L. Cook
This is the story of the men who risked everything to fly their evacuation helicopters into the teeth of the most intense fighting the war produced to evacuate the wounded.
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To Hanoi and Back: The U.S. Air Force and North Vietnam, 1966 1973
by Wayne Thompson, Richard P. Hallion
Book Description: By the summer of 1966, the U.S. Air Force's reputation had hit rock bottom in Vietnam. After nearly eighteen months of the limited bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, North Vietnam's airfields, principal port, and capital city remained largely unscathed. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations to make a dramatic, although temporary, difference. Wayne Thompson draws upon twenty years of research in classified records to present a full history of the Air Force role in the war against North Vietnam. He provides an unprecedented view of the motivations and actions of the people involved—from aircrews to generals to politicians—in every phase of the air campaigns. 
Hardcover from Smithsonian Institution Press

US Navy F-4 Phantom 2 Mig Killers (2) 1965-1970
(Combat Aircraft, 26)
by Brad Elward, Peter Davies
Paperback - 96 pages (November )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 184176163X

When Thunder Rolled: An F-105 Pilot Over North Vietnam
by Ed Rasimus
Hardcover from Smithsonian Institution Press

Winged Sabers : The Air Cavalry in Vietnam 1965-1973
by Lawrence H. Johnson III
Paperback - 192 pages (March )
Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0811729885

Primer of the Helicopter War
by Charles Holley, Mike Sloniker
Photos and first person accounts enhance this chronological history of the helicopter units, aircraft, and crews that were the backbone of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. The story like it's never been told, written by those who were there.
Hardcover - 209 pages 1 edition
Nissi Publishing; ISBN: 0944372112
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