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COM 051 RA-5C Vigilante Units in Combat

COM 051 RA-5C Vigilante Units in Combat
Autor: Robert R. Powell
Data publikacji: 2004-10-22
ISBN: 9781841767499
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 96
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Developed from the A-5 nuclear bomber and used in a reconnaissance role, the RA-5C Vigilante was the largest and fastest aeroplane ever to operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier. During the Vietnam War it sustained the highest loss ratio of any American aircraft in that conflict. This volume includes compelling accounts of combat missions over key communist targets, where crews dodged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and anti-aircraft fire to secure all-important mission photographs. Written by a Vigilante combat veteran this book is crammed full of action-packed first-hand accounts.

Contents
  • Background and Development
  • Escalation 1964-68
  • Highway Patrol 1969-71
  • War Finale 1972
  • Other Days, Other Missions 1964-79
  • Cruises
  • units involved, with dates
  • Vigilante losses

Robert R. Powell grew up on Long Island. His father was a comic book artist who served as a B-24 navigator during World War 2. Powell attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on a Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship and even before Pensacola and Navy flight training he had soloed a Piper Colt. He did tours in Vietnam and became an instructor pilot; first in the A-4 Skyhawk and later in the RA-5C Vigilante. He retired with the rank of Commander after assignments that included tours as Naval Attaché to South Africa and on USS Eisenhower. He followed his military career with a commercial one flying Boeing 747s for Pan American and Atlas Air. Powell began writing while in the Navy and continues to write for The Hook and aviation magazines. He has a fighter ace biography published and continues work on both fiction and non-fiction projects. With his wife, Marie, and two large poodles, he is happily ensconced in Virginia Beach.



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