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Chariots of the Damned

Helicopter Special Operations From Vietnam To Kosovo

By Mike McKinney

When F-16 pilot Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia, a rescue mission was launched immediately. It involved nearly 100 aircraft, but succeeded in plucking him to safety in broad daylight. The pilot of the only F-117 Stealth bomber to have ever been shot down was spirited away with equal success. The USAF's elite special Operations Group is the product of many years of hard experience, but only now is it possible to reveal how many of its most famous missions were conducted.

Major Mike McKinney and Mike Ryan investigate the origins of the Special Operations Group and the experience of early rescue missions in Vietnam. The grisly fate awaiting captured American fliers spurred the USAF to develop new weapons and tactics to fight their way through intense enemy anti-aircraft fire. Sometimes the rescue of a single man would escalate into a major military operation - one was later filmed as BAT-21 starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover. If the ultimate Vietnam rescue mission, the Son Tay raid, was a failure, it did demonstrate how far techniques and equipment had evolved.

From disaster at Desert 1 to the Gulf War, Bosnia and the tragedy in Somalia, Chariots of the Damned takes you on an edge of the seat ride into some of the most incredible battles of recent times.

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Book

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  • 356.16 McK, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2002

ISBN

0312291183


Format: Book
Author: McKinney, Mike
Title: Chariots of the damned : helicopter special operations from Vietnam to Kosovo / Mike McKinney and Mike Ryan.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2002, c2001.
Subject: Special forces (Military science) -- United States -- History Military helicopters -- United States Aeronautics, Military -- United States -- History
Isbn: 0312291183
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Format: Book
Author: McKinney, Mike
Title: Chariots of the damned : helicopter special operations from Vietnam to Kosovo / Mike McKinney and Mike Ryan.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2002, c2001.
Description: viii, 215 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Special forces (Military science) -- United States -- History
Subjects: Military helicopters -- United States
Subjects: Aeronautics, Military -- United States -- History
Other Author: Ryan, Mike, 1960-
Notes: Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 2001.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-215).
LCCN: 2002021969
ISBN: 0312291183
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 356.16 McK