Helicopter Boys

True Tales from Operators of Military and Civilian Rotorcraft

Richard Pike

The latest title from acclaimed author Richard Pike with tales of the helicopter's role in military and civilian situations including the Falklands War.
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
illustrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781910690550
Pages : 184
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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In stock
$35.00

Overview
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Helicopter Boys is the latest addition to Grub Street’s Boys series from acclaimed author Richard Pike exploring the role of helicopters in military and civilian situations. With over twenty-one contributors, Helicopter Boys contains stories of the diverse nature of helicopter operations. From the dramatic war scenes during the Indo/Pakistani war which saw one pilot’s actions earn him a VrC gallantry award to the experience of Chinook pilots on board the Atlantic Conveyor during the Falklands War. Then there are the civilian tales from rescue missions in the Outer Hebrides to being a pilot across the world in places such as Australia, China, the Caribbean and Nigeria. There is also a focus on the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988 which saw the loss of 167 lives. The book ends with Pike’s experiences in Kosovo, helping to distribute emergency humanitarian aid on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme shortly after the war ended in 1999. Each story is told with great detail conveying the action and excitement that helicopter pilots experienced with each operation. The scope, flair and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast.

About The Author
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Richard Pike became a flight cadet in 1961 at the RAF College, Cranwell, where on graduation, he was awarded the Dickson Trophy and Michael Hill memorial prize for flying. In the early stages of his forty-year flying career he flew the English Electric Lightning before converting to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. On leaving the Royal Air Force he became a civilian helicopter pilot. His duties took him to a wide variety of destinations at home and overseas including the Falkland Islands not long after the end of the Falklands War. His last assignment was in Kosovo helping to distribute emergency humanitarian aid on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme. He and his wife live in Aberdeenshire. He is the author of several Grub Street titles including: Lightning Boys, Lightning Boys 2, Hunter Boys and Phantom Boys Volume 1 and 2.

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