I loved the book and was sorry when I had finished it.
The author did two tours in Vietnam and this provides a convenient division of his book. The second tour involved little combat flying. Because the war was significantly winding down to the point where he was flying missions that allowed him to be the last combat pilot out of Vietnam before the final cataclysm from the American Embassy.
This section was shorter than his first tour but his memories of those final days in Vietnam are a particularly significant addition to reader’s collection of facts regarding his final days in the Vietnam War.
Mooney wove an interesting story in that he did not just write about the combat missions; of course, they were there in the overall coverage of the book, but I particularly enjoyed reading the behind the combat stories of his book. He wrote clearly of his relations with his fellow Warrant Officers who did the actual flying as well as those officers of a higher rank. Those officers were at times more difficult than his co-flyers of helicopters.
There was more to combat flying helicopters in Vietnam than appears in the media.
This was a great book about an important time in history. The Vietnam War, whether or not you agree, was a turning point for many young men, that still suffer the effects of War. This book gives a very detailed account of the role of the Helicopter pilots in that era and what's become of some of them. It also gives the reader a very comprehensive look at the actual operation of the particular helicopters. This is a must read for any student of the and development role of Helicopter flight in Vietnam. Well worth it!
☆☆☆☆☆ This is undoubtedly the best book I have read on the Vietnam War (yes it was a war and not a "conflict"). The author has managed to describe and articulate the feelings, emotions and confusion that many of us Veterans have not been able to put into words. Thank you James Mooney for giving all Vietnam Veterans the validation that they so rightly deserve.