By Robert K. Wilcox
A riveting account of a latest fighter squadron at warfare and the exploits, triumphs, and traumas of its pilots.
The Black Aces. Their braveness, ferocity, and instincts made them mythical in army aviation. Flying F-14 Tomcats, they performed as a lot a component in fresh US operations in Kosovo as did any air squadron within the theater, air strength or military, and possibly extra. due to its more desirable functionality, subtle gear and the two-man crews who took it upon themselves to do whatever additional, the Tomcat and its aviators uncommon themselves over and over.
Forced to find Serb warring parties working covertly in a mountainous land very like Afghanistan, with virtually no aid from flooring spotters, VF-41 pilots and backseaters spearheaded new equipment for the military to pinpoint, establish, and smash enemy troops and guns. those have been projects that fighter crews had seldom needed to do prior to. The Aces needed to holiday principles and often move in harms means as a way to prevail. they usually played so good that for the 1st time in aviation heritage, a fighter squadron - theirs - used to be offered The Wade McClusky Trophy, the navy's most suitable bombing honor. The award, named for an international battle II dive bomber pilot and post-WorldWar II admiral, have been received formerly basically through bombing squadrons.
Robert Wilcox spent weeks with The Black Aces aboard the airplane service, USS Roosevelt and the following presents a long-awaited, never-before-seen glimpse into the area of a contemporary army fighter squadron. Wilcox takes readers into the cockpits because the pilots exit and assault objectives whereas heading off anti-aircraft weaponry. he's taking us into the warfare room as they plan their moves and into their cabins as they reflect on the risk they're dealing with. And the reader can not help yet fear for those males as they head off into conflict, can not help sitting at the fringe of the seat as they fight to land at evening, in a rainstorm, with waves crashing opposed to the send, and cannot aid ducking with them as they avoid missile assaults. And in any case, it really is very unlikely to not think for those aviators as they query their very own braveness, or to cheer for them after they ultimately go back safely.
Black Aces High is a narrative of worry and braveness, mishap and luck, combating spirit and army innovation. it is a human tale that is going at the back of the smiling, sunglass-wearing facade of aviators flashing a "V", the sterile, sluggish movement goal video that has turn into a staple of Pentagon briefings, and the rock 'n' roll cowboy picture of fighter crews obvious within the video clips. as a substitute, it's a tale that exhibits who those aviators particularly are and what they do past what we all know, a narrative which most likely could be repeated many times as our companies stay deployed within the new, 21 century struggle our country is fighting.
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Black Aces High: The Story of a Modern Fighter Squadron at War by Robert K. Wilcox