Palace Cobra picks up where Ed Rasimus s critically acclaimed When Thunder Rolled left off Now he s flying the F 4 Phantom and the attitude is still there.In the waning days of the Vietnam War, Rasimus and his fellow pilots were determined that they were not going be the last to die in a conflict their country had abandoned They were young fighter pilots fresh from training and experienced aviators who came back to the war again and again, not for patriotism, but for the adrenaline rush of combat From the bathhouses and barrooms to the prison camps of North Vietnam, this is a gripping combat memoir by a veteran fighter pilot who experienced it all.The wry cynicism of a combat aviator will give readers insights into the Vietnam experience that haven t been available before, and the heart stopping action will keep readers turning the pages all night....
|Title||:||Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Press First Edition edition April 4, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||760 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War Reviews
This book is the second book by the author describing his experiences as a fighter pilot flying missions over North Vietnam. The first book, When Thunder Rolled, is written from the perspective of a green Lieutenant who took orders well and survived his initial tour in 1966. Palace Cobra describes Rasimus' second tour in 1972.
After writing the superlative "When Thunder Rolled" about his early F-105 tour in Vietnam, Ed Rasimus, one of the most literary of all pilot-authors, turns his attention to his second tour flying F-4's. The result is "Palace Cobra" and it is another masterwork of first-person combat narrative plucked from the skies of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Although I prefer "When Thunder Rolled" (mainly due to my affection for the F-105, an affection Rasimus shares), this still needs to be high on the reading list of anyone interested in the air war in Southeast Asia.
Let me first say that I had to return the large format paperback version of this book. The print was awful to the point that it was unreadable. Honestly, I think it was a knockoff or some other form of bootleg. Don't know how it slipped through the cracks at Amazon. I ended up ordering the Kindle version.
This was a very good read for me as I can at least partially relate to a major event occurring during this time frame, and I am referencing Linebacker II. I was at Udorn RTAFB during Linebacker II (Dec 18-29, 1972) and worked the flight line in the 13th TFS, so we refueled, serviced with liquid oxygen, preflighted. postflighted, repaired, launched, recovered, and sometimes the same plane 2-3 times a shift. It's great to read about the action side of Linebacker II as well as all the other missions since us crew chiefs just know the detail at the time. I enjoyed this book immensely and am just thankful to know more about the fighter pilots' lives in the air war. Kudos to Ed for putting his involvement on paper.