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Gunship Ace
  • Author : Al J. Venter
  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 1612000703
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  • Genre : History
  • Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. This book describes the full career of this storied aerial warrior. Along the way the reader encounters a multiethnic array of enemies ranging from ideological to cold-blooded to pure evil, as well as well as examples of incredible heroism for hire.

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    Spectre Gunner
  • Author : David M. Burns
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN : 1475969724
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • This is the true story of Master Sergeant David M. Burns, an aerial gunner assigned to the deadliest squadron in air force history. Aboard the AC-130 Spectre gunship, he flew a total of 287 combat missions over Laos, South Vietnam, and Cambodia, in pursuit of the truck traffic coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. His squadron destroyed more than fifteen thousand trucks loaded with war munitions destined for South Vietnam and Cambodia. Despite heavy and constant anti-aircraft and missile fire, the loss of six aircraft and the lives of fifty-two men, the crew never wavered in its dedication to the mission. Master Sergeant Burns has a distinguished military career that began in 1951 at the age of fifteen. He served one tour of duty in Phan Rang, South Vietnam, in 1967, and four tours of duty in the 16th Special Operations Squadron in Southeast Asia as an aerial gunner, lead gunner, and instructor gunner. He served in both the United States Navy and Air Force, earning three Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, twenty-seven Air Medals, as well as a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal with nine battle stars, and other decorations from the Korean War. He was wounded twice and is credited with saving the lives of fourteen crewmembers. This is his story.

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    Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and Spectre
  • Author : Wayne Mutza
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 1580072283
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  • Genre : History
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    Gunship Pilot
  • Author : Robert F. Hartley
  • Publisher : LifeRich Publishing
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN : 9781489703958
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • It was 1968 and Robert Hartley was on his first combat mission in Vietnam as copilot of a helicopter gunship. As he and his platoon leader flew over the A Shau Valley, a Chinook helicopter engulfed in flames suddenly came into view. Hartley noticed tiny black smoking objects exiting the tail ramp of the aircraft. Seconds later, he realized those objects were men escaping the flames and plunging to their deaths. It was in that moment that he silently wondered, “How the hell did I get here?” Mr. Hartley was still wet behind the ears when he was tossed into the cauldron of America’s most unpopular war as an attack helicopter gunship pilot. As he shares a gripping, birds-eye view of battles that took him from the Demilitarized Zone in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, Mr. Hartley compellingly details how he learned to rely on his superior training and equipment to follow through with his mission to kill the enemy and save the lives of his fellow soldiers below. Gunship Pilot provides an unforgettable glimpse into two combat tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot soaring high above rice paddies and jungles attempts to fulfill his duty of protecting America’s warriors on the ground.

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    Red Gunship
  • Author : Julian Jay Savarin
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 0821727338
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  • Genre : Books
  • From the alleys of Berlin to battle-torn Afghanistan, two of the world's greatest chopper pilots race toward a terrifying aerial confrontation miles above the mountains of Nepal. Two men, one British and one Russian, use the most advanced equipment to settle a score in the sky.

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    Development and employment of fixed-wing gunships 1962-1972
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : DIANE Publishing
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 1428993649
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  • Genre : Books
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    Development and Employment of Fixed-wing Gunships, 1962-1972
  • Author : Jack S. Ballard
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN : UIUC:30112037808737
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  • Genre : Government publications
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    SHADOW AND STINGER: Developing the AC119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War
  • Author : William P. Head
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 9781603445078
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : AC-119 (Gunship)
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    Helicopter Gunships
  • Author : Wayne Mutza
  • Publisher : Specialty Press
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781580071543
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  • Genre : History
  • U.S. Army aviators pioneered the first helicopter gun platforms in the early 1950s. Today, helicopter gunships are the most unique element of rotary-wing aviation, redefining the term "close air support." As the ultimate development of the military helicopter, these largely U. S.-designed-and-built aircraft reign supreme as the premier attack platforms of modern aerial warfare. Helicopter Gunships begins with the Vietnam War as the ultimate proving ground that first utilized helicopter gunships and saw the development of other rotary-wing weapons systems as well. This book also explores fascinating post-war programs like the experimental Comanche, Blackhawk, and Apache. Through in-depth research and exclusive high-quality photos, noted author and helicopter expert Wayne Mutza examines in vivid detail the numerous weapon systems mated with a surprisingly wide variety of helicopters. Attention is also given to helicopter gunships developed by other Free World countries and Communist nations.

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    Death in the Midnight Sky: Flying the Mighty Gunship in Combat
  • Author : Joe Berardino
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN : 9781480936515
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Death in the Midnight Sky By: Joe Berardino I closed my eyes, raised my chin to heaven, and felt the words surround me. They filled my heart with love, encouragement and boundless hope. I dreamt of marching over Russian tanks, freeing the Jews in Europe, opening schools in Africa. My chest filled with pride. I knew I could do anything; I could live the dream of my young President…My fate was sealed. I knew I had to become part of the greatest challenge of my generation, the new generation. Patriotism served as the inspiration for Joe Berardino’s tour in Vietnam, flying the mighty gunship. Like countless other American servicemen, hard work, perseverance, and tenacity became ingrained in Joe’s character, allowing him to accomplish his life’s goals, including earning a scholarship to attend Michigan State University. Death in the Midnight Sky is about the bravery and honor of the U.S. serviceman; about their honor and integrity; and about their inherent truth and honesty.

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    Russian Gunship Helicopters
  • Author : Yefim Gordon,Dmitriy Komissarov
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781473831391
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  • Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
  • Features;* Profiles of iconic types such as the Mil MI-24 'Hind', the Mil-28 and the Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator'.* Summary of design histories and careers* Colour reference for paint schemes * Critical review of available kits* Over 180 colour and black and white illustrations, including 20 full colour side-views and a range of various 3-view line-drawings. With profiles of a host of exciting designs, accompanied by a descriptive narrative history of the various types, this volume combines practical information with reflective historical analysis, making for a visually rich volume providing modellers with all they need to know about the most exciting Russian Gunship helicopter designs and associated model kits.This edition deals primarily with the three principal attack helicopter types of the present-day Russian Army;The Mil MI-24 'Hind' otherwise known as 'the Flying Crocodile' has been produced in large numbers with many versions and variants produced. It has been supplied to a host of countries and seen considerable combat action in conflicts both in the Soviet Union and abroad. It still forms the backbone of army aviation in Russia and remains at the forefront of national exposure.The Mil-28 is a more contemporary type and is broadly the equivalent of the McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache. The Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator' NATO name 'Hokum-B' also features. This helicopter is in service with the Army and is entering service also with the Russian Navy. Well-illustrated histories and structural analyses are supplemented with detailed descriptions of the various plastic scale model kits which have been released, along with commentary concerning their accuracy and available modifications and decals. This level of detail and insight is sure to prove invaluable to a wide community of model-makers, both at home and overseas.

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    Gunship Over Angola
  • Author : Steve Joubert
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781868429318
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Growing up in suburban Pretoria, Steve Joubert dreamed of a career as a pilot. After undergoing SAAF pilot training, a freak injury put an end to his hopes of flying fighter jets. Instead he learned to fly the versatile Alouette helicopter. He had barely qualified as a chopper pilot when he was sent to the Border, where he flew missions over Namibia and southern Angola to supply air cover to troops on the ground. As a gunship pilot, Steve saw some of the worst scenes of war, often arriving first on the scene after a contact or landmine attack. He also recalls the lighter moments of military life, as well as the thrill of flying. A born maverick, his lack of respect for authority often got him into trouble with his superiors. His experiences affected him deeply, and led him eventually to question his role in the war effort. As the Border War escalated, his disillusionment grew. This gripping memoir is a powerful plea for healing and understanding.

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    Mil Mi-24 Hind Gunship
  • Author : Alexander Mladenov
  • Publisher : Osprey Publishing
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 1846039533
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • With its distinctive double-cockpit design, the Mi-24 'Hind' is arguably the most recognizable war machine of the Cold War, and has achieved near-legendary status in the annals of military history. The first Soviet helicopter to function as both a gunship and an assault transport, it served extensively in Afghanistan, and is now employed by militaries across the world. Written by an expert on the 'Hind', and drawing on manufacturing and military sources, this book presents the Mi-24 in all of its brutal glory, from design and development to deployment and combat. Also included are a number of color plates showing the distinct paint schemes employed by various nations in a range of theaters and for different armies.

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    AC-130h/U Gunship
  • Author : John Hamilton
  • Publisher : ABDO
  • Pages : 34
  • ISBN : 9781617836862
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  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Introduces the weapons and features of the ground-attack airplane that the military uses to provide close air support to soldiers on the ground.

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    Gunship
  • Author : Henry Zeybel
  • Publisher : New York : Pocket Books ; Markham, Ont. : Distributed in Canada by PaperJacks
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 0671628674
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Holcomb is assigned to the special Spectre program, where AC-130 gunships fly low at night attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail

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    UH-1 Huey Gunship Vs NVA/VC Forces
  • Author : Peter E. Davies
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 81
  • ISBN : 9781472845153
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  • Genre : History
  • While the helicopter was essential for the US war effort the Vietnam experience also proved the validity of the gunship concept. This illustrated new history explores one of the hardest-worked and most effective of the helicopter types in-theater. Often described as the US Army's aerial jeep the UH-1 Iroquois ("Huey") was the general-purpose vehicle that provided mobility in a hostile jungle environment which made rapid troop movement extremely challenging by any other means. Hueys airlifted troops, evacuated casualties, rescued downed pilots, transported cargo externally, and enabled rapid transit of commanders in the field. Although "vertical aviation" had only become a practical reality during the Korean War helicopters evolved rapidly in the decade before Vietnam and by 1965 the US Army and US Marines relied on them as primary combat tools. This was principally because North Vietnam's armed forces had long experience of jungle operations, camouflage and evasion. Generally avoiding set-piece pitched battles they relied on rapid, frequent strikes and withdrew using routes that were generally inaccessible to US vehicles. They commonly relied on darkness and bad weather to make their moves, often rendering them immune to conventional air attack. Gunship helicopters, sometimes equipped with Firefly searchlights and early night vision light intensifiers, were more able to track and attack the enemy. Innovative tactics were required for this unfamiliar combat scenario and for a US Army that was more prepared for conventional operations in a European-type setting. One of the most valuable new initiatives was the UH-1C "Huey Hog" or "Frog" gunship, conceived in 1960 and offering more power and agility than the UH-1B that pioneered gunship use in combat. Heavily armed with guns and rockets and easily transportable by air these helicopters became available in large numbers and they became a major problem for the insurgent forces throughout the war. Covering fascinating details of the innovations in tactics and combat introduced by gunship helicopters, this book offers an analysis of their adaptability and usefulness in a variety of operations, while exploring the insurgent forces' responses to the advent of "vertical aviation."

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    Gunship Zeltairex
  • Author : Adams,Captain J F C Adams
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN : 1507741065
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  • Genre : Books
  • THIS IS NOT A SCI FI NOVEL. "Gunship Zeltairex" is a firearms owner log book with a cover that makes it look like a typical book. Anybody who sees the book will be clueless about its contents, having no idea that it contains the details of your gun collection. This book has been designed to be an important accessory for anyone who owns firearms. Hidden in plain sight on your bookshelf, "Gunship Zeltairex" gives you a record of the important specifics of each of your firearms that will enable quick identification in the event of a theft, fire or other situation. Your collection will be documented so you will have all the information needed for insurance or police. Anyone who owns firearms should have this book. With enough room for 50 firearms, there is even space to include a photograph of each gun along with key information such as Manufacturer, Model Number, Serial Number, Type, Action, Caliber/Gauge, Finish, Date Acquired, etc. There is even a specific an area to note insurance information PLUS a quick reference section to your firearms - basically an owner-created table of contents. With the camouflaged "Gunship Zeltairex" you'll easily put together a consolidated, comprehensive listing of firearm specifics that will enable quick identification and ease the burden of proof should it become necessary. The details of your firearms collection is nobody's business but your own. Get this "Hidden in Plain Sight" book for yourself and for any family member or friend who owns more than one firearm. It's the smart and responsible way to keep track of a gun collection.

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    Gunship
  • Author : John M. Davis
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 584
  • ISBN : 1493739506
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Gunship story began amazing readers in 2011. It has been compared to the Firefly television series by many readers because of the mixture of western, science fiction and fantasy. A world where anything is possible. Vampires battle organized crime factions for control of the underground, while armies field regiments of both Mech and Orc warriors. Pirates rule the skies, watching Zombies decimate what remains of Humanity below. And what story would be complete without love? True love. The kind of love that steals the heart of a ship's captain, and places his crew in the middle of sword battles and saloon fights aplenty. This is the complete Gunship series!

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    Gunship Academy
  • Author : Richard G. Sheffield
  • Publisher : Compute
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN : 0874551536
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  • Genre : Computers
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    Gunship Sailor
  • Author : M. Edward Arnold
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN : 1403394865
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  • Genre : Fiction
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    Flying Gunship
  • Author : Kevin J. Fitzpatrick
  • Publisher : Childrens Press
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 0516233394
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  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Discusses the history and development of the United States Air Force's Spectre gunship, its design and special features, and some of the missions it has flown in Vietnam, Panama, and in Kosovo in 1991.

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    Wind-tunnel Investigation of a Simulated Gunship Helicopter Engine-exhaust-windstream Interaction
  • Author : John C. Wilson,Raymond E. Mineck
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 78
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105024806064
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  • Genre : Aircraft exhaust emissions
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    Stingers
  • Author : Fred Allen
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 057831780X
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  • Genre : Books
  • The author presents this book based on his personal experiences in the Vietnam War. His intent is to portray his perspective as an 18-year-old Stinger Gunship Crew Chief/Door Gunner. He wants the reader to experience what it is like to kill dozens of enemy combatants and collateral, non-combatants. How to live with the frequent near-death experiences and the constant high probability of being killed. Endure the frequent loss of fellow soldiers in combat. Witness a young soldier losing all sense of humanity as he transforms into a warrior that thrives on killing. The real life incidents portray a platoon of Huey UH-1C gunships, called the "Stingers" and its elite, motivated crews.As a component of U.S. Army assault helicopter companies, the "guns" protected the Huey "slicks" as they inserted or extracted infantry troops from landing and extraction zones. The gunships regularly conducted "search and kill" missions. They were often scrambled to provide lifesaving protection for infantry units threatened by enemy forces. Gunship crews were among the most lethal pilots, crew chiefs and door gunners in Army aviation. Some gunship crew chiefs had over 400 hundred personal kills.An intense warrior mentality was crucial to mission success and survival. Killing was a way of life in the guns.One of the most decorated and experienced aviation combat units in the Vietnam War was the Stingers' parent, the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, known as the "Hornets".Follow the operational strategy as Army Command reassigns the Hornets from III Corps, near Saigon to Chu Lai in I Corps under the command of the 23rd Infantry Division, known as "Americal".Experience the rapid increase of lethal enemy encounters. Americal imposed severe constraints on the Stingers in the aftermath of the My Lai massacre. The Stingers and slick platoons of the 116th fight on. The young combat veteran becomes "short" with just a few months left in his tour of duty. Americal reassigns the 116th to Quang Tri, one of the most dangerous places in Vietnam. War news headlines are articulated in real-time to frame the author's story.

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    Gunship
  • Author : John Davis
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN : 1505316464
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  • Genre : Books
  • "Wild West in space!" "Action packed! Riveting!" "Think Expendables, but in space!" It's the final ride as Adam, Dalton and the gang prepare for one last job. With a new face joining up, things begin to get complicated. The Vampire nation is rebuilding, the Benzans are once again on the rise and, as Adam and Dalton are about to discover the hard way. No one lives forever.

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    Night Hunters
  • Author : William Pace Head
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN : 9781623491505
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  • Genre : History
  • In Night Hunters, air power historian William P. Head provides the first detailed study of the development and deployment of the AC-130 gunship. While other airframes and other types of close air support (CAS) and interdiction weapon systems preceded or flew with the AC-130s, this four-engine cargo airframe proved to be not only the longest serving fixed-wing gunship but also the most effective by far. During the Vietnam War, the US military developed new tactics and weapons systems to counter a diversity of enemy tactics and geographic features, the difficult climate, and the shifting diplomatic context. One of the most important was the development of the AC-130. Its ability to transport heavier payloads at higher altitudes across longer distances made it the logical choice to be the final Vietnam-era fixed-wing gunship and the only one that continues to fly missions in the twenty-first century. In addition, it employed many of the most advanced weapons, sensors, targeting devices, and fire control systems of the 1970s or of any era. By recounting both the technical development and the combat operations of the plane, and by looking at the proposed alternatives for its use in the War on Terror, Night Hunters offers a clear view of the role of gunships and of close air support in US wars. In today’s never-ending brushfire wars, the AC-130s continue to uphold their reputation for excellence.

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    Fire from the Sky
  • Author : Richard C Knott
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 9781612513775
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  • Genre : History
  • Fire from the Sky is the first complete history of the most decorated Navy squadron of the Vietnam War. Richard C. Knott tells the dramatic history of the HAL-3 Seawolves, the U.S. Navy's first and only helicopter gunship squadron of the Vietnam War. The squadron was established “in country” to support the fast, pugnacious river patrol boats of the brown water navy. Flying combat-worn Hueys borrowed from the Army, the mission of the Seawolves quickly expanded to include rapid response air support to any friendly force in the Delta needing immediate assistance. The Seawolves inserted SEALs deep into enemy territory, and extracted them, often despite savage enemy opposition. They rescued friendly combatants from almost certain capture or death, and evacuated the wounded when Medevac helicopters were not available.

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    Gunships, a Pictorial History of Spooky
  • Author : Larry Davis
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105081404126
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  • Genre : Political Science
  • Captioned photos, and brief text describe the tactics, equipment, and gunship aircraft most used in tactical interdiction.

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    The National Review
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924065542114
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  • Genre : Great Britain
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    National Review
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 978
  • ISBN : UOM:39015078631093
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  • Genre : Books
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    Guts 'n Gunships
  • Author : Mark Garrison
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN : 1629670537
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  • Genre : Attack helicopters
  • Follows Mark Garrison through being on the short list for the draft during the Vietnam War, signing up to be a helicopter pilot, and his tour of duty with the Crocodiles and Alligators of the 119th Assault Helicopter Company.

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    Mil Mi-24 Hind Gunship
  • Author : Alexander Mladenov
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN : 9781782001416
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • With its distinctive double-cockpit design, the Mi-24 'Hind' is arguably the most recognizable war machine of the Cold War, and has achieved near-legendary status in the annals of military history. The first Soviet helicopter to function as both a gunship and an assault transport, it served extensively in Afghanistan, and is now employed by militaries across the world. Written by an expert on the 'Hind', an drawing on manufacturing and military sources, this book presents the Mi-24 in all of its brutal glory, from design and development to deployment and combat. Also included are a number of color plates showing the distinct paint schemes employed by various nations in a range of theaters/ theatres and for different armies.

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    Gunship Ace
  • Author : Al J. Venter
  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Pages : 565
  • ISBN : 9781612000824
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • “Spotlights the career of a fascinating modern warrior, while also shedding light on some of the conflicts that have raged throughout the world” (Tucson Citizen). A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970s on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Apart from flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, he fought in the Balkan war for the Islamic forces, tried to resuscitate Mobutu’s ailing air force during his final days ruling the Congo, flew Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes, and piloted an Mi-8 fondly dubbed “Bokkie” for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone. Finally, with a pair of aging Mi-24 Hinds, Ellis ran the Air Wing out of Aberdeen Barracks in the war against Sankoh’s vicious RUF rebels. As a “civilian contractor,” Ellis has also flown helicopter support missions in Afghanistan, where, he reckons, he had more close shaves than in his entire previous four decades. From single-handedly turning the enemy back from the gates of Freetown to helping rescue eleven British soldiers who’d been taken hostage, Ellis’s many missions earned him a price on his head, with reports of a million-dollar dead-or-alive reward. This book describes the full career of this storied aerial warrior, from the bush and jungles of Africa to the forests of the Balkans and the merciless mountains of Afghanistan. Along the way the reader encounters a multiethnic array of enemies ranging from ideological to cold-blooded to pure evil, as well as examples of incredible heroism for hire.

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    Ghostriders 1976-1995
  • Author : William Walter
  • Publisher : Knox Press
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1637581572
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  • Genre : History
  • Resistance is futile. You can run, but you’ll only die tired. The AC-130 Gunship was quickly developed in 1968 to provide fire support for ground forces in Vietnam. Twenty-eight C-130 cargo aircraft were converted into AC-130s for night attack operations. The AC-130 was crude, ugly, ad hoc, and detested by many within the USAF…but it worked, and it worked well. Likewise, AC-130 crews were deemed unruly “biker gangs,” but performed magnificently in every major US military operation from 1976 to 1995. Most of these combat operations were cloaked in secrecy, but records once classified for up to twenty years have now been opened. Based on this newly declassified information and hundreds of interviews with SOF veterans, Ghostriders 1976-1995 is the first authoritative historical account of the AC-130 operations, written by an AC-130 Aerial Gunner who participated in every AC-130 combat operation from 1980 through 1994.

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    Project Checo Southeast Asi
  • Author : James L. Cole Jr,Hq Pacaf Project Checo
  • Publisher : Military Bookshop
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN : 1780398123
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  • Genre : History
  • High quality reprint of this recently declassified 1971 study. The unique demands of the operational environment in Southeast Asia dictated that the United States Air Force meet many mission requirements for which hardware did not exist. The lateral firing gunship evolved from this environment, and it constituted an immediate and effective solution for several tactical problems. This weapon system performed significantly in Southeast Asia. AC-47 gunship activity during 1965 and early 1966 was documented in four previous CHECO reports. Another CHECO report, Night Close Air Support in RVN, also dealt in detail with AC-47 combat operations. The Role of Gunships in SEA, a CHECO report dated 30 August 1969, recounts the continuing mission of the AC-47 as well as the introduction and employment of AC-119G, AC-119K, and AC-130A gunships in 1968 and 1969. The effectiveness of this unique weapon system generated significant interest at all command levels, and the combat role of gunships merits further attention and analysis. This report updates previous gunship studies with special emphasis on new developments in the AC-130 weapon system. This report also examines the current performance and effectiveness of the AC-47, long noted for its role in providing close air support for troops in contact; the AC-119G/K which functioned in armed reconnaissance and close air support roles; and the AC-130 which covered the whole spectrum of gunship operations but performed primarily as a night interdiction weapon system.

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    Development and Employment of Fixed-Wing Gunships 1962-1972
  • Author : Office of Air Force History and U S Air,Office of Office of Air Force History and U.S. Air Force
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 1508994498
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  • This is the sixteenth of a series of historical reports on Air Force plans and operations in Southeast Asia prepared by the Office of Air Force History. The author, a former history instructor at the Air Force Academy, interviewed many key participants involved in the development and employment of gunships and has amassed extensive data relating to this unique weapon system. Among the primary sources he consulted were official letters, messages, memoranda, reports, and minutes of meetings. He also consulted a number of historical studies dealing with gunships. Most of his research was conducted in the Office of Air Force History, the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center and Air University Library, Maxwell AFB, Ala., and in the records of the Air Staff and Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. In addition, he visited the Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and flew as an observer aboard a gunship during a training mission at Eglin AFB, Fla. In this history, the author discusses the little-known origin of the gunship and the important pioneering efforts of a handful of dedicated men. He records the remarkable improvisations in aircraft and equipment that continually marked the progress of the gunship as a weapon system. Further, he examines the controversy that the gunships provoked as they evolved toward greater, sophistication. Throughout the narrative, the author details the successes, problems, and failures of the gunship force. The result is a very informative study which will be of long-term interest and value to the Air Force.