Phoenix 13

Americal Division Artillery Air Section Helicopters in Vietnam

Darryl James

A collection of war stories closely based on the author's experiences flying scout/observation helicopters in Vietnam. Story telling was a daily evening occurrence for the solo scout pilots. These stories, called "TINS,” an irreverent pilot acronym for ‘this is no shit,' allowed the solo pilots to learn from each other's experiences and mistakes.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
45 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526759429
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$29.95
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Overview
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Intimate first person account of flying helicopter combat missions during the Vietnam War.

A collection of war stories closely based on the author’s experiences flying scout/observation helicopters in Vietnam. Story telling was a daily evening occurrence for the solo scout pilots. These stories, called “TINS,” an irreverent pilot acronym for ‘this is no shit,’ allowed the solo pilots to learn from each other’s experiences and mistakes. The “TINS” within this collection reveal the brotherhood that developed between pilots and their crew chiefs in combat. The solo pilots relied on their courage, swapping stories and a bit of luck to survive.

About The Author
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The author flew scout helicopters during the Vietnam War. He is now a petroleum geologist working in the oil and gas industry.

REVIEWS
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"...a very enjoyable read. Those of us who were there will thoroughly enjoy it, and those who weren't will learn more about what we did in Vietnam"

- VHPA Aviator

"A compelling collection of Vietnam helicopter true stories about the aviators in Americal Division’s Artillery Aviation Section in ’68 and ‘69. Flying alone, the scout pilots told their exploits to each other daily to learn and to survive from their collective experiences. Hazardous missions are intermixed with occasional humorous details of their off duty shenanigans. The stories describe the brotherhood that develops between soldiers during combat. From these stories, the author, a decorated former Army aviator, describes his journey through Armor school, flight school and Vietnam."

- General Tommy Franks (Ret), Former Commander In Chief, United States Central Command

"For those seeking a thought-provoking look into the broader world of Army helicopters in the Vietnam War, Phoenix 13 delivers."

- The VVA Veteran

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