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By Robert Mason

A beautiful ebook concerning the correct stuff within the fallacious warfare. As a baby, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a tender guy, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. military gave him his probability. They despatched him to Vietnam the place, among August 1965 and July 1966, he flew greater than 1,000 attack missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason offers us a devastating bird's eye-view of that warfare in all its horror, as he reports the accelerating terror, the more and more determined braveness of a guy 'acting out the function of a hero lengthy after he realises that the behavior of the warfare is insane,' says the recent York instances, 'And we can't cease ourselves from deciding on with it.'

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As on standard maps, or a black-and-white aerial photograph mosaic giving a more up-to-date picture of the area. Most crews were sufficiently familiar with the AO if they had been in Vietnam even two to three months. The ops officer, usually a 1st lieutenant or CW2, presented the fruits of his labor in a no-nonsense manner.

The company maintenance officer closely monitored blade, engine, and transmission hours. He would temporarily ground some flyable birds as others neared their scheduled downtime so that enough aircraft would be available for later missions. Enemy ground fire was a constant threat. Armor was limited due to the necessity of flying as light as possible in order to carry more troops. Only the pilots' seats were armored (bottom, back, and outboard side), and the engine compressor was partly armed. The transmission and tail rotor gearbox were not armored, nor were the fuel tanks self-sealing.

Since they did not relocate frequently, the accommodations were usually reasonable. They lived in one- or two-story temporary wooden barracks with bunks, mattresses, and mosquito nets, or at least aluminum folding cots with a nylon bed and an air mattress with a mosquito net hung over it. A camouflaged poncho liner served as bed linen and blanket. Often two-man rooms were available. However, in some units tents were common and were often worn out, resulting in leaks during the rainy seasort. Ponchos and shelter halves had to be stretched over cots, but everything stayed damp.

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