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Black Cat 2-1 : The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew
by Bob Ford


Overview - In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he served with who risked their lives for the troops on the ground. Bob Ford invites readers into the Huey helicopters he flew on more than 1,000 missions when he and his men dared to protect and rescue.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he served with who risked their lives for the troops on the ground. Bob Ford invites readers into the Huey helicopters he flew on more than 1,000 missions when he and his men dared to protect and rescue. For those whose voices were silenced in that faraway place or who have never told their stories, he creates a tribute that reads like a thriller, captures the humor of men at war, and resounds with respect for those who served with honor.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781612542089
  • ISBN-10: 1612542085
  • Publisher: Brown Books
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 276
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > History > Military - Vietnam War

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ford offers a by-the-numbers look at his own action-heavy 1967-68 tour of duty as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Ford grew up in Oklahoma, where today he lives and runs his family’s milling business. He took Army ROTC in college, graduating in 1966, excelled in helicopter training (“I had a knack for flying”), married his girlfriend right after finishing flight school (“I couldn’t have been happier”), and volunteered to fight in Vietnam. He arrived in country in July of 1967 and flew Huey helicopters for the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Da Nang. During his eventful year in the war zone, Ford took part in two of the Vietnam War’s biggest and deadliest engagements: the 1968 Tet Offensive and the siege at Khe Sanh. This capably-written book offers often good descriptions of Ford’s Vietnam War duties, albeit replete with lots of reconstructed dialogue. For Ford, the war was a positive experience that allowed him opportunities for flight “at its most satisfying and thrilling,” and serving “with honor and dedication to our country as an army helicopter pilot with America’s best.” Photos. (Jan.)

 
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