Chickenhawk

Chickenhawk

Book - 1983
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Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1983
ISBN: 9780670215829
0670215821
Branch Call Number: 959.704 Mas
Characteristics: x, 339 p., [3] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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flyfisher88
Dec 29, 2016

My Warrant Officer cousin "tuned me" into this book when I asked him what it was like to fly Huey's in Vietnam. Couldn't put it down. Great narrative and diagrams of the cockpit controls - it's just like you are there flying!

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IV27HUjg
Jan 02, 2014

Yes, an updated e book. I read this years ago & set me off on dozens more about the war. Fields of Fire was my first.

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zxm
Nov 06, 2013

I read this some years ago. From look at Google books (this week), I have impression there is a newer version out, with much more of a prelude as to how he fluked his way into flying, then ended up in the Vietnam War, still owing the Army some service for his flying lesons. Some of his stories are graphic. Robert Mason has a web site, featuring (400?) photos from his Chickenhawk time (including one of Mo Fork and its human), also a paragraph on Amazon, where he reports both versions of his book are out of print, but still available on Amazon. __I include a _Summary_ of the book, probably out of sequence... .

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zxm
Nov 10, 2013

In the version I read, Robert Mason described piloting a helicopter, often in combat situations. He recalls: __Nearly landing in a mine field, after being misdirected by a grunt, and the subsequent struggle to get away -- WITHOUT BEING BLOWN UP!. __Seeing a fellow helicopter loose its passengers, have to auto-rotate, after having its tail shot off. __A particularly interesting incident of seeing NVA or VC herding villages around a (37mm?) mounted machine gun, as it opened up on his flight. Presumably to present the resultant as an American massacre - AFTER they had removed their 37mm. It's probably too late to ask now, but was this opportunistic, or had the NVA known the flight would be flying by, in time to have the 37mm in place?! Also the American response, which was to return fire, despite the obvious set up! I would have broken contact myself, gone back some hours latter to look for the herders! But I don't know what imperatives the flight had, none were mentioned. __They were ferrying troops into a restricted LZ, 3 copters at a time, they got out ok, only to see the other 2 hadn't, causing him some dismay as he could see the rotors still going. The other members began calling them lucky, after this escape. __One of their fellow Lads bought a mongoose off one of the locals and christened it 'Mo' Fuck'. __He was given the day off, because a commander wanted to give his own pilot some flying time. Bob got to sit it out, hearing where the copters went & figured how the NVA always knew where they were. __Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina (Stackpole Military History Series) By Fall, Bernard B., earned a mention! A fellow trooper had read it, told them all it showed the US was going to loose this war. Bob and another doubted this severely, Bob adding "(fellow trooper) is a flake"!

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