Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam

Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam

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helicopters, , 2019, Aviation

It was 1968 and Robert Hartley was on his first combat mission in Vietnam as copilot of a helicopter gunship. As he and his platoon leader flew over the A Shau Valley, a Chinook helicopter engulfed in flames suddenly came into view. Hartley noticed tiny black smoking objects exiting the tail ramp of the aircraft. Seconds later, he realized those objects were men escaping the flames and plunging to their deaths. It was in that moment that he silently wondered, How the hell did I get here?



Mr. Hartley was still wet behind the ears when he was tossed into the cauldron of Americas most unpopular war as an attack helicopter gunship pilot. As he shares a gripping, birds-eye view of battles that took him from the Demilitarized Zone in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, Mr. Hartley compellingly details how he learned to rely on his superior training and equipment to follow through with his mission to kill the enemy and save the lives of his fellow soldiers below.



Gunship Pilot provides an unforgettable glimpse into two combat tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot soaring high above rice paddies and jungles attempts to fulfill his duty of protecting Americas warriors on the ground.

Title:Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam
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    Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam Reviews

  • Jesper Jorgensen

    After one to many 'really?' I have to put this book down. The author and I do not 'click' at all....

  • Chuck Wright

    One of the best Vietnam biographiesVery well written first person account of the author's two tours in Vietnam as a gunship pilot. As a retired Army paratrooper, I have such respect for the pilots who...

  • Fred W. Henderson

    Intelligent and humorous guy. Very long book but I hated for it to end.One of the very best books I've ever read about Vietnam. Obviously a learned and skilled aviator. Thank you for your service!!...

  • Louis Reichenbach

    Good book, great pilot!This guy describes his exceptional career as a military pilot well. His job choices after he retired from the military made me jealous because it was what I dreamed about becomi...

  • Patti Merz

    A true warrior The author made the book easy to read, very informative, it’s always interesting to follow along with the day to day lives of our service personnel....

  • Tony Scott

    Really enjoyable read....

  • Jim Richmond

    Good ReadThis is a well written book. The personal combat experiences are vividly portrayed. Anyone interested in Vietnam chopper operations should read this. ...

  • Silvio

    A fast-paced collection of stories of Mr. Hartley's two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Cobra pilot, focused on the helicopter pilots and the action they saw there. It was engaging and well-told without...

  • a.t.m.

    Great book about America's best in a time of war.Many stories went into this book and the author did a great job telling his story. By writing this book the author insures that his fellow pilots will ...

  • Dorcas brekel

    Awesome book!Thank you Mr. Hartley for recording your memories of your 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. We are very fortunate to have warriors like you who will answer the call to serve....