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Call Sign Rustic: The Secret Air War Over Cambodia, 1970-1973

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President Richard Nixon could not keep American ground troops in Cambodia beyond June 1970 without authorization from Congress, which was not forthcoming. Not wanting to desert the anti-communist Lon Nol regime, he ordered top-secret, round-the-clock air support over Cambodia, and the Rustics were born.

Author Richard Wood flew as one of the Rustics, a group of forward air controllers who played a major part in staving off both the North Vietnamese and Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge guerilla forces. This three-year air war was so secret—managed directly from the White House—that there are no official records of it. Wood bases his book on his own experiences and those of the other pilots and Cambodians who participated in the operation. He recounts the Rustic's daring missions and portrays the friendships that developed between the pilots and the Cambodian field troops, commanders, and radio operators, who fought with courage and dedication.

The loss of American air support after August 15, 1973 eventually contributed to the fall of Cambodia and the horribly dark period of its history that will live in infamy as “the killing fields”.

Synopsis:

Richard Wood flew as one of the Rustics, a group of forward air controllers (FACs) who provided 24-hour air support to the Cambodian ground commanders by flying low and slow over enemy positions. Wood bases his book on his own experiences and those of the other pilots and Cambodians who took part in the secret operation.

About the Author

Richard Wood is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and has logged more than 6,000 hours flying military aircraft. His most recent book is Aviation Safety Programs: A Handbook (1996). He is a consultant specializing in aviation safety and lives in Snohomish, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588340498
Subtitle:
The Secret Air War over Cambodia, 1970-1973
Author:
Wood, Richard
Author:
WOOD R
Author:
Wood, R.
Publisher:
Smithsonian Books
Location:
Washington D.C.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Cambodia
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Campaigns - Laos
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Copyright:
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020917
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.22x6.16x.71 in. .91 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Richard Wood flew as one of the Rustics, a group of forward air controllers (FACs) who provided 24-hour air support to the Cambodian ground commanders by flying low and slow over enemy positions. Wood bases his book on his own experiences and those of the other pilots and Cambodians who took part in the secret operation.
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