Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan

Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan

The inspiring and riveting first-ever memoir of active combat by a female helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amber Smith flew into enemy fire in some of the most dangerous combat zones in the world. One of only a few women to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter—whose mission, armed reconnaissance, required its pilots to stay low and fly fast, perilously close to the fight—Smith deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the elite 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. She rose to Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander in the premier Kiowa unit in the Army, repeatedly flying into harm’s way during her 2005 and 2008 deployments.

In Danger Close, Smith takes us into the heat of battle, enabling readers to feel, hear, and smell the experience of serving as a combat pilot in high-intensity warfare. This is an edge-of-the seat story of learning to perform under pressure and persevere under extreme duress—both in action against an implacable enemy and within the elite “boy’s club” of Army aviation. Smith’s unrelenting fight for both mastery and respect delivers universal life-lessons that will be useful to any civilian, from “earning your spurs” as a newbie to “embracing the suck” through setbacks that challenge your self-confidence to learning to trust your gut as a veteran of your profession.

Intensely personal, cinematic, poignant, and inspiring, Danger Close is a war story on one hand, and also the story of a brave pilot who fought for and earned a lifetime membership in the ranks of the best of the best.

Title:Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501116384
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    Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan Reviews

  • Jean

    Smith comes from a family of pilots. Her grandparents, parents and two sisters are all pilots. Her grandfather and father flew in the military. Smith tells of growing up in the State of Washington, fl...

  • Judy

    Wow! This first hand account of Ms. Smith's experiences as an Army helicopter pilot is intriguing and extremely well-written. As a reader, you go through training and two year long deployments with Ms...

  • Gene Saunders

    Excellent read. Gives someone an upclose, personal view of what it was like to fly in those areas of operation. Gutsy girl!...

  • Arden Hooper

    Amber Smith’s book Danger Close is a first hand account of a woman in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Kiowa pilot in the U.S. army. It was published on September 6, 2016 by Atria Books. As it w...

  • Carolyn

    The true adventures of a young woman from my home town of White Salmon, WA: her adventures through enlistment, basic training, warrant officer training, flight training, and deployment as a Kiowa heli...

  • Jon

    This book tells the action-filled tales of an Army pilot flew Kiowa helicopters on combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The pilot just happens to be a woman. Her experiences include braving the he...

  • Thomas B Tennant

    Good ReadAs a Asst. G3 for the TRANSCOM running convoys in and out of Iraq Amber's unique provided our"cover" in some of the most dangerous locations. She gives us another unique perspective of the wa...

  • Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

    As a veteran military aviator and author, I'm always intrigued when a woman writes a memoir about her service while wearing wings and a uniform. These powerful and inspirational stories are few and fa...

  • KennyO

    Amber Smith grew up in an aviation family so it follows logically that she and her two sisters all [separately] joined the armed forces and flew. The writing is quite good. It flows smoothly and never...

  • Lisa Williams

    I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Smith was able to capture the emotional roller coaster of entering the military as a woman soon after the Twin Towers came down. Her experiences rang true to the ups an...