A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam by Marshall Harrison

By Marshall Harrison

From retired Air strength pilot Marshall Harrison comes a striking memoir of aerial battle in Vietnam. In his 3rd wrestle travel, Harrison chanced on himself “converted” from the excessive functionality global of jets to the awkward-looking OV-10 Bronco and assigned as a FAC — ahead air controller. a charming story of valor, brotherhood, and patriotism unravels within the pages of A Lonely form of warfare, ahead Air Controller, Vietnam, a posthumous free up via this released writer via Xlibris.

Harrison is a born tale teller. there's pleasure, suspense, and humor during this account of the lifetime of a FAC. They have been a small workforce of devoted pilots flying flippantly armed prop-driven aircrafts in South Vietnam. thought of to be the eyes and ears of the assault airplane, their activity was once to fly low and sluggish, locate, repair, and direct airstrikes opposed to an elusive enemy hid via the heavy rainforest and jungles, a space the FACs known as “the eco-friendly Square”. The flying scenes are riveting: studying to fly the maneuverable Bronco, clearing within the “fast-movers” to drop mammoth 750-lb bombs with no inflicting harm to the “friendlies”, and engaging in covert operation into Cambodia---“over the fence with the mad males within the eco-friendly beanies”. On this kind of mystery missions, he's shot down and spends a harrowing evening within the jungle.

FACs lived with the troops within the box and flew from unimproved airstrips; they almost managed the aerial battlefields of South Vietnam. Their losses have been magnificent they usually often died alone.

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