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Chariots of the Damned: Helicopter Special Operations from Vietnam to Kosovo

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ISBN10: 0312291183
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When F-16 pilot Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia, a rescue mission was launched immediately. It involved nearly 100 aircraft, but succeeded in plucking him to safety in broad daylight. The pilot of the only F-117 Stealth bomber to have ever been shot down was spirited away with equal success. The USAF's elite special Operations Group is the product of many years of hard experience, but only now is it possible to reveal how many of its most famous missions were conducted.

Major Mike McKinney and Mike Ryan investigate the origins of the Special Operations Group and the experience of early rescue missions in Vietnam. The grisly fate awaiting captured American fliers spurred the USAF to develop new weapons and tactics to fight their way through intense enemy anti-aircraft fire. Sometimes the rescue of a single man would escalate into a major military operation — one was later filmed as BAT-21 starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. If the ultimate Vietnam rescue mission, the Son Tay raid, was a failure, it did demonstrate how far techniques and equipment had evolved.

From disaster at Desert 1 to the Gulf War, Bosnia and the tragedy in Somalia, Chariots of the Damned takes you on an edge of the seat ride into some of the most incredible battles of recent times.

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"Despite the experience the authors bring to this account, they render a terrifically exciting subject only sporadically interesting with superficial political analysis and occasionally lifeless prose." Kirkus Reviews

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"McKinney...aims to impress upon the reader the skill, nerve, and will of the pilot who flies into heavy fire. This combination of technology and courage structures the stories but, unfortunately, never quite succeeds in raising this work's literary level. Practically all the reader learns about the pilots who died is their bravery and their rank." Booklist

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In this riveting account, Capt. McKinney describes incredible missions from the early days of helicopter rescue in Vietnam to the ill-fated attempt to rescue hostages in Iran. Two 8-page color inserts.

About the Author

Major Mike McKinney is an instructor pilot in the US Air Force who currently flies the MH-53 Pave Low. He has over 2,500 hours in the UH-1H, UH-1N and the MH-53 and has participated in operations Restore Democracy in Haiti (1994), Deliberate Force in Bosnia (1995), and with the Allied Force in Kosovo (1999). He has served with the 20th SOS at Hurlburt Field and 21st SOS at RAF Mildenhall, UK. He lives in Florida with his wife, Sherry, son AJ and daughter Rachel.

Mike Ryan is the President of the American advanced concepts company Avpro Aerospace. He has co-authored two other aviation books, Warplanes Of The Future and X-Planes. He frequently appears on TV as a defense and aerospace expert and is a technical consultant to the film industry. Ryan serves in the British reserve forces as an army officer. He is married with two children.

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jasrbratton, April 6, 2008 (view all comments by jasrbratton)
This book is the real thing. No BS -- just real life, and really very well written. The author is obviously one of us... and he knows how to write it well.

I've been there, and done it. Or, at least I watched THEM get US into, and out of, the very WORST of combat conditions. These guys never get the accolades they deserved because they work, and worked, with Special Operations, and it's finally in print in this book.

Every single pilot and air crew member who did this (or is doing it now) for a living, is a hero -- dead or alive.

If there are any Pilots, Peter-Pilots, and Air Crew still out there who have "been there,and done it", God bless you guys. You guys were (and ARE) nuts - beyond nuts! Just when we thought our cookies were burnt, you pulled us out of the fire - and a lot of it is in this book.

For the guys that died, or will die, trying to get us out, we will never forget you. Ever.

The book is one of the VERY few that I would recommend to someone. And I don't recommend "war" books normally -- too much crap from people who want to pretend they were something special, when they were NOT. But this author is one of US.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312291181
Subtitle:
Helicopter Special Operations from Vietnam to Kosovo
Author:
McKinney, Mike
Author:
McKinney, Mike
Author:
Ryan, Mike
Publisher:
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military helicopters
Subject:
Aeronautics, military
Subject:
Special forces
Subject:
Military - United States
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Us
Series Volume:
1920
Publication Date:
20030713
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus an 8-page photo insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.50x6.36x.84 in. .93 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Despite the experience the authors bring to this account, they render a terrifically exciting subject only sporadically interesting with superficial political analysis and occasionally lifeless prose."
"Review" by , "McKinney...aims to impress upon the reader the skill, nerve, and will of the pilot who flies into heavy fire. This combination of technology and courage structures the stories but, unfortunately, never quite succeeds in raising this work's literary level. Practically all the reader learns about the pilots who died is their bravery and their rank."
"Synopsis" by , In this riveting account, Capt. McKinney describes incredible missions from the early days of helicopter rescue in Vietnam to the ill-fated attempt to rescue hostages in Iran. Two 8-page color inserts.
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