Please inform me of errors and omissions, esp. RVN non-fiction


An asterisk (*) following the title indicates a synopsis or review is printed below.

9th (Air) Cavalry Brigade (Provisional) Combat Operations After Action Report, III Military Region, Republic of Vietnam, 1st Sept ’70 – 15th Feb ’71. LTC (Ret) H. Chole. 1995. Minerva Press, London. 260 pp.  ISBN 1 85863 292 7.  [Published 1/9th After Action reports (annotated), much of it written by Bert Chole himself while E Troop CO and Brigade S-3].

Air War – Vietnam. Drew Middleton. 1978. Arno Press, NY. 361 pp. [Mostly Air Force, Navy and Marine fixed wing stuff; some helicopter events related (e.g. Mayaguez Incident and the ’72 Easter Offensive (with a brief mention of Army Cobras attacking tanks at An Loc)].

Angel’s Wing: A Year in the Skies of Vietnam.  Joseph R. Finch.  2001. Bartleby Press, Silver Spring, MD.  ISBN 0-910155-45-3. [LT Finch’s year as a Huey pilot with the 25th Aviation Battalion in 1969 at Cu Chi].

Across the Mekong: The True Story of an Air America Pilot. Charles O. Davis. 1996. Hildesigns Press. ISBN: 0963960520 [Former Marine H-34 pilot in Thailand, Laos, ’65-67]

Aeromedical Aspects of Helicopter Operations In The Tactical Situation. 1967. NATO.

Aeroscouts. Charles Holley. 1992. Pocket Books, NY. ISBN: 0-671-76055-6. [Scout pilot with D, 2/1st, ’68-69]

A History of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 16. Gary W. Parker. 1978. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps: Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Office.

Airmobile: The Helicopter War in Vietnam. James Mesko. Squadron/Signal. 1984. ISBN: 0897471598.

Airmobility in Vietnam: Helicopter Warfare in Southeast Asia. LTG John Tolson. 1981. Arno Press. 304 pp.  [on-line at:]

Air War - Vietnam. Frank Harvey. Bantam, 1967.

AH-1: Cobra (Modern Fighting Aircraft, Vol. 13). Doug Richardson. Prentice Hall. 1987. ISBN: 0130207519.

AH-1: Cobra in Action. Wayne Mutza. 1998. Aircraft Number 168. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc.

AH-1 HueyCobra.* (Combat Aircraft Series). Lindsay Peacock. 1987. Osprey Publishing, Ltd. 48 pp. ISBN: 085045-768-8.

A Mild Form of Insanity: Recollections of a Helicopter Pilot
by Mike Tuson. 2001. Writers Club Press. 257 pp. ISBN: 0595182577. [Partly Vietnam]

Anatomy of a Division: The First Cavalry in Vietnam. Shelby L. Stanton. ISBN: 0-89141-259-X.

An Illustrated Guide to the Air War over Vietnam: Aircraft of the Southeast Asia Conflict. Bernard C. Nalty, George M. Watson, & Jacob Neufeld, New York: Arco, 1981. 159 pp.

Apache Sunrise. Jerome M. Boyle. 1994. Ivy Books, NY. 258 pp. ISBN: 0-8041-1069-7.  [A-1/9th Cobra pilot’s year, 1970-71].

Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966: An Illustrated History of Unit Insignia Aircraft Camouflage & Markings (Army Aviation in Vietnam). Ralph B. Young, Steve Davis (Illustrator). 2000. Huey Co Inc; ISBN: 096719802X. [Great book; asking for info and photos for ’66-71 edition]

Army Gunships in Vietnam. Bob Chenoweth. 1987. Arms and Armour Press.

Assault from the Sky: A History of Airborne Warfare. John Weeks. 1978. G. P. Putnams Sons, NY. 192 pp. [8 pp. of text and photos about Vietnam].

A Troop 9th Cavalry. Ronald Lee Christopher. 2002. Publishamerica Book Publ., Baltimore. 250 pp.  [About Christopher’s time with A Troop Blues; good read, as it’s written like a novel].

Bent and Battered Rotors, Vol. 3. 1993. Wayne Mutza. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc.

Bonnie-Sue: A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam. Marion F. Sturkey. 1997. Heritage Press International, ISBN: 0965081427.

Born in Brooklyn … Raised in the CAV!  John E. Flanagan.  2001.  Xlibris Corp.  238 pp. [B-1/9th Lift pilot’s year, 1967-68].

Brennan's War: Vietnam 1965-1969. Matthew Brennan. 1985. Pocket Books, NY. ISBN: 0-671-70595-4.

Brian Wizard's Permission to Kill: Viet Nam, '68-'69: the Thunderhawks, 181st Assault Helicopter Company. Brian Wizard. Year? Starquill. ISBN: 0949702013.

Centaur Flights: A Cobra Pilot in the 4th Cav. Richard D. Spalding. 1996.  Ivy Books, NY. 291 pp. ISBN: 0-8041-1560-5. [D/3/4 Cav ’69-70]

Ceremonies of the Horsemen. * Mark Staggs. 1997. American Literary Press. ISBN: 1561673420.[brother’s  book on SP-4 1st Cav Cobra gunner. Huh?]

Cheating Death: Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos. GeorgeJ. Marrett. 2003. Smithsonian Books. 227 pp. [Air Force A-1 Skyraider “Sandy” pilot; worked with “Jolly Greens” in pilot rescues].

Chickenhawk: A Shattering Personal Account of the Helicopter War in Vietnam. Robert Mason. 1984. Penguin Books, NY. ISBN: 0-14-00-7218-7. [First Cav Lift, ’65-66]

Chickenhawk: Back in the World. Life After Vietnam. Robert Mason. 1993. Penguin Books, NY. ISBN: 0670-84835-2.

Choppers: The Heroic Birth of Helicopter Warfare. J.D. Coleman & Ace Collins. St. Martins Mass Market Paper. ISBN: 0312966350.

Cleared Hot: A Marine Combat Pilot’s Vietnam. Col. Bob Stoffey. 1992. St. Martin’s, NY. 300 pp.

Crew Chief. Jesse T. McLeod. 1988. Daring Books, Canton, OH. ISBN: 0-938936-78-6.

Dateline: Viet Nam. 1966. Jim G. Lucas. Award House.

Dear Mom, I’m Alive: Letters from Home from Blackwidow 25. Randolph P. Mains. 1992. Avon Books, New York. [’68-69 C 101 AVN, 101st. Good read, too bad my copy has the famous 1/9th “stamp” photo on cover J]

DUSTOFF-- No Compromise!  No Rationalization!  No Hesitation!  Fly the Mission. Steve Vermillion. 2003. Wild 'N Woolly Publishing. PO Box 731452,   Puyallup, WA 98373. <>

Dust Off. (Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, Vol 16), John L. Cook, F. Clifton Berry, & James C. Davies.1988. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publ. ISBN: \0553345508.

Dust Off: Army Aeromedical Evacuation in Vietnam. Peter Dorland and James Nanney. 1972. Center for Military History, United States Army.

Easy Target: The Long, Strange Trip of a Scout Pilot in Vietnam. Tom Smith. 1996. Presidio Press, Novato, CA. 268 pp. ISBN: 0-89141-595-5. [Scout pilot with the Cav’s “Flying Circus” in ’69-70]

1500 Feet Over Vietnam: a Marine Helicopter Pilot's Diary. Bruce R. Lake. Almine Library. 371 pp. ISBN: 0962350028.

Fighting Helicopters of the 20th Century. Christopher Chant. 1996. Tiger Books Int'l., London. ISBN: 185501-808-X.

Firebirds: The Best First-person Account of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam Ever Written. Chuck Carlock. 1995. The Summit Publishing Gp., Arlington, TX. 285 pp. ISBN: 1-56530-197-8. [71st Assault Helicopter Company].

Flying Army: The Modern Air Arm of the U.S. Army. W. E. Butterworth. 1971. Doubleday.

Flying Army: The Modern Air Arm of the U.S. Army.. Frank Harvey. 1967. Bantam Books.??

Flying Through the Years: A Trilogy of Short Tours and Collection of Stories.  Robert Lanzotti. 2003. [Collection of stories of his helicopter tours in Korea and 2 in Vietnam, last in Chinooks with the 1st Cav]

Get the Bloody Job Done: The Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight-Vietnam and the 135th Assault Helicopter Company 1967-1971. Steve Eather.

Ground Attack Vietnam: The Marines who Controlled the Skies. J. M. Moriarty, New York: Ivy, 1993.

Gunslingers in Action. Lou Drendel. 1974. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc.  ISBN 0-89747-013-3.

H-13 Sioux. Wayne Mutza. 1995. Squadron/Signal Publ. [tiny little booklet is packed w/ history, photos, illustrations]

Headhunters. Matthew Brennan (ed.). Presidio Press. 1987. ISBN: 0-89141-300-6. [chapters by different 1/9th guys, but essential reading by all who served in any air cav unit; classic!]

Heliborne: USMC Helicopter Assault. (Osprey Color Library) Yves Debay & Lindsay Peacock. 1993. Motorbooks. ISBN: 1855323117.

Helicopters. The Illustrated History of The Vietnam War [series]. John Guilmartin, Jr. and Michael O’Leary. 1988. Bantam Books. 157 pp. [Cool little paperback; lots of photos.  A good capsule history]

Historical Summary. 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, First Cavalry Division. The Vietnam Years. 2000. LTC (Ret) Hilbert H. Chole. Self published.

Huey. Jay & David Groen. 1984. ISBN 0-345-31253-8.

Huey. W. Mutza. 1992. Squadron Signal. ISBN: 0897472799.

Huey. Lou Drendel. 1983. Squadron/Signal. (Modern Military Aircraft Series). ISBN: 0897471458.

Huey: A Helicopter Legend. (Osprey Military Aircraft). Salvador Mafe Huertas. Osprey Publ. Co. 1993. ISBN: 1855322722.

Hunter-Killer Squadron: Aero-Weapons, Aero-Scouts, Aero-Rifles. Matthew Brennan (ed.). Presidio Press. 1990. ISBN: 0-89141-394-4. [A “must have” for all 1/9th vets]

H-34 Choctaw in Action. Lennart Lundh. 1994. Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc. Aircraft Number 146. ISBN 0-89747-319-1.

It Took Heroes: A Chaplain’s Tribute of Vietnam and Those Who Waited for Them. Claude D. Newby. 1998. Self published.  ISBN 1-55517-392-6.  [1st Cav chaplain,1966-67].

It Took Heroes, Volume II: Continuing the Story and Tribute To Those Who Endured the Darkest Days of Vietnam.  Claude D. Newby.  2000.  Tribute Interprises.  ISBN: 09678431-1-1  [Chaplain in the 1st Cav and 1/9th, 1969-70].

Lest We Forget: The Kingsmen, 101st Aviation Battalion. 1968. William C. Meacham. 1999. Ivy Books, New York. 354 pp.

Life on the Line. Stories of Vietnam Air Combat. Philip Chinnery.1988. St. Martins Press, NY. 256 pp. [Many true stories of both helicopter and (mainly) fixed wing actions in RVN]

Lock On No. 6: AH-1S Cobra.  Francois Verlinden.

Low-Level Hell: A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One. Hugh L. Mills Jr. w/ Robert A. Anderson. 1992. Dell, NY, and Presidio. 305 pp. ISBN: 0-44021549-8. [Adventures of a Scout pilot with D-1/4th; one of his OH-6As hangs in the aviation museum at Ft. Rucker]

Maverick: The Personal War of a Vietnam Cobra Pilot. Dennis J. Marvicsin and Jerold A. Greenfield. 1990. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, N.Y. ISBN 0-399-13567-7. [Half the book is about Marvicsin’s 1st tour as slick & gun driver with A/502 AVN,’65-66; then Cobra pilot, C/3/17, ’68-69]

Military Helicopter Doctrines of the Major Powers, 1945-1992: Making Decisions about Air-Land Warfare. Matthew Allen. 1993. ISBN: 0313285225.

No Place to Die, The Agony of Vietnam. Hugh H. Mulligan. 1967. William Morrow & Co. [Chapter 6 about helicopter war]

Outlaws in Vietnam: 1966-67 in the Delta. David L. Eastman. 2001. 456 pp. Peter Randall Publ. ISBN: 0914339974. [Huey pilot w/ 175 AC, ’66-67]

Pleiku - The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam. J. D. Coleman. 1989. St. Martin's Paperbacks. ISBN: 0-312-914-68-7. [Initial history of entry of 1st airmobile division in Vietnam]

Primer of the Helicopter War.* Charles Holley & Mike Sloniker. 1997. Nissi Publishing, Dallas-Ft. Worth. ISBN: 0-944372-11-2. [Great overview of the helicopter war; coffee table book]

Rescue Pilot: Life-Saving At-Sea Navy Helicopter Missions. Dan McKinnon. 2003. Aviation Week Books. [unk. if RVN included]

Rescue Under Fire: The Story of Dust Off in Vietnam. John L.Cook. 1998. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7643-0461-5

Seawolves: First Choice. Daniel E. Kelly. 1998. Ivy Books, NY. 304 pp. [Navy Huey gunship riverine force]

Silent Birdmen. Albert Rampone. Rampone Publ., Knob Noster, MO. ISBN: 0-962-07160-5.

Snake Driver! Cobras in Vietnam. Bob Rosenburgh. 1993. Ivy Books, NY. ISBN: 0-841-0538-3.

Snake Pilot: Flying the Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam. Randy R. Zahn. 2002. Brasseys, Inc. 368 pp. ISBN 157488565 [19 yr. old C-1/9th, 1st Cav, pilot’s very personal year ‘70-71].

Tales of a Helicopter Pilot. Richard C. Kirkland. 2002. Smithsonian Institution Press. 173 pp. [former WW2 P-38 pilot, Medivac pilot in Korea, mixes his and others’ stories of mainly helicopter rescues, civilian and military].

Talons of Fire. Mike Austin & Don Dunnington.

The Broken Sword.* Lee Westbrook. 1996. Nissi Publishing Co., Dallas-Ft. Worth. 258 pp. ISBN: 0-944372-06-6.

The Air War in Vietnam. Phillip D. Chinnery. 1987. Bison Books.

The Cavalry Trade. Col. John B. Stockton. 1999.  Rita Stockton. [Memoirs of the first Commander of the 1/9th, who brought back the Stetson to the Army]

The Forgotten Hero of My Lai: The Hugh Thompson Story. Trent Angers. 2002. Acadian House Publishing, P.O. Box 52247, Lafayette, LA 70505. 247 pp.

The History of Units in III Corps. Mike Sloniker. (on-line supplement to the 2001 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots’ Assn. Directory – for members at:

The Huey and Huey Cobra. Bill Siuru. Aero Publ. 1987. ISBN: 0830683933.

The Jesus Nut.* David Freeman. Nissi Publishing, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.309 pp.

The Making of a Falcon. Dominic Fino. 1995. Vantage Press, NY. ISBN: 0-533-11190-0.

The UH-1C Huey. Peter Wayne Harlem. 1985. Cobra Company. ISBN: 0933907001.

Thunderbird Lounge: An aviator’s story about one early transportation helicopter company, along with its sister companies as they paved the way in what was to become “a helicopter war”.  MG Robert J. Brandt.  2001.  Trafford Publishing. [33rd Transportation Co.  (H-21s), Bien Hoa, 1962-63].

United States Army Air Ambulance. Mark M. Hough. 1999. Vedder River Publ. Co. [includes detailed history of every Medivac unit in Vietnam].

USMC Vietnam Helicopter Pilots: Pop a Smoke. 1995.

Vietnam Choppers: Helicopters in Battle 1950-1975. Simon Dunston.  1988.  Osprey Publishing, Ltd.  London.  ISBN: 0850455723.  [Large format paper cover, details origins of helicopters in Vietnam by Service; many photos]

Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association (International), 2003. Membership Directory. VHCMA, P. O. Box 1026, Collierville, TN 38027-1026. <>

Vietnam Helicopter Handbook. Barry Gregory. 1988. Wellingborough, England. 152 pp. (or 1989). HarperCollins; & Patrick Stephens ISBN: 1852600241).

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association 2003 Membership Directory. Vol 20, Oct. 2003. 591 pp. [Available at:]

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. 1995. Turner Publishing Company.

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Historical Reference Directory. Vol. I 1961-1965, 348 pp., Vol. 2A, 2B 1966-1967, 833 pp. Available at <>

Vietnam Studies: Airmobility, 1961-1971. Lt. Gen. John J. Tolson. Department of the Army, 1973. ]Later published in hardback as “Airmobility in Vietnam: Helicopter Warfare in Southeast Asia” (see above, and on-line at:]

Vietnam: The War in the Air. Rene Francillon. New York: Arch Cape Press. 1987. 255 pp. [A detailed account, heavily illustrated, with much information about particular units and aircraft types.]

Vietnam: The Helicopter War. Philip D. Chinnery. 1991. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. ISBN: 155750-875-5.

United States Army Ambulance. 1999. Mark H. Hough. Vedder River Publishing Company.

USMC Vietnam Helicopter Pilots. 1995. Turner Publishing Company. ISBN: 156311190X.

VNAF: The South Vietnamese Air Force: 1945-1975. Jim Mesko. 1987. Squadron/Signal Publ. 64 pp.

Why Didn’t You Get Me Out? Betrayal in the Viet Cong Death Camps; The Truth About Hero es, Traitors, and those Left Behind. Frank Anton with Tommy Denton. 1997. The Summit Publishing Group, Arlington, Texas. 196 pp. ISBN: 1-56530-251-6.

UH-1 Iroquois/AH-1 Hueycobra. Jerry Scutts. Motorbooks International. 1984. ISBN: 0711014167.

U.S. Navy Seawolves: The Elite Hal-3 Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam. Daniel E. Kelly. 2002.

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. 1995. Turner Publ. ISBN: 1563111438.

Winged Sabers. The Air Cavalry in Vietnam, 1965-1973. Lawrence H. Johnson. 1990. Stackpole Books. ISBN: 0811718573. [Essential data on all air cav units]

Wings of the Eagle: A Kingsman's Story. W. T. Grant. 1994. Ivy Books, NY. 340pp. ISBN: 0-8041-1062-X [Lift pilot, 17 AHC/B 101 Avn Btn, 101 Cav ’68-69]

Wings for the Valiant.* Robert W. Sisk. 1989. Warner Books, Inc., NY. 179 pp. ISBN: 0-446-36017-1.  [Lift pilot, C-229th, First Cav, ’66-67]

Year of the Snake – One Helicopter Pilot’s Story of a Year in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. ‑1999. W. Bailey Jones. Shade Tree Publications. [114th Aviation Company (AML) “Cobras”, ’65-66].



Pappy. Mike Powell. 1997. [A Co/229th AHB, 1st Cav.] <>

Helicopters Over South Vietnam. Dickey Chapelle. National Geographic, Vol. 122, No. 5, Nov. 1962, pp. 734-754.

The Coming of Age: The Role of the Helicopter in the Vietnam War. Army History, No. l29 (Winter 1994), pp. 29-36.


FICTION, VIETNAM Helicopter Books

A Killing Shadow. Randolph E. Crew. Artec Publishing.

Brandywine’s War. Robert Vaughn and Monroe Lynch [Army helicopter WOs]. Bartholomew House. ISBN: 0877940282. [“a brilliant satiric novel of Army life in the midst of battle with a kooky collection of characters who turn a military firebase into of a stage for bizarre war games ….”]

CW2. Layne Heath. 1990. Avon Books, NY. ISBN: 0-380-71000-5.

Doorgunner. Michael Williams. 1987. Tom Doherty Asso., Inc. ISBN: 0-812-51202-2.

Few Die Well. David R. Olsen. 1991. Jove Books, New York. 310 pp. [First Cav gunship pilot, ’67-68]

Fiddler’s Green. Ron Timberlake. Web-published work in progress. Heli-Vet’s home page.  [Ron was killed before finishing this work].

Orders to Vietnam: A Novel of Helicopter Warfare. William E. Butterworth. Little Brown & Co. 1968. ISBN: 0316119059.

Red Bird Down! A Novel about Air Cavalry and Aero-Scouts in Vietnam. Bruce E. Carlson. 2000. Morris Publishing, Kearney, NE. ISBN 0-9701560-0-6 [Rev. Carlson flew Scours w/ C/7/17th ’69-70]

Sacrifices. James Nathan Post. Web-published book.

The Blue Deep. Layne C. Heath. 1993. William Morrow & Company, Inc. ISBN: 0688103138.

The Doom Pussy. Elaine Shepard. 1967. Pocket Books, NY (originally by Trident Press). 262 pp. [fact-based fiction by Vietnam war correspondent. Chapter on145th Aviation Btn., actions of A, 501st and 197th Avn. Co.]

Whirlwind. James Clavell. 1986. William Morrow & Company. ISBN: 0688066631.


NON-FICTION (mostly), General Helicopter

Advanced Alloys in the Soviet Aviation Industry: Enhancing Fatigue Strength of Helicopter Components. Valery Weinstein & Rebecca Krafft (Ed.). 1986. Delphic Associates, Inc. ISBN: 1558310568.

Aerodynamics of the Helicopter. Alfred Gessow and Garry C. Myers. 1967. Continuum Publishing Company. ISBN: 0804442754. (But also: Aerodynamics Of The Helicopter; The Standard Work on Helicopters. Ungar Pub. Co.)

AH 64 Apache in Action. Squadron/Signal. 1989. ISBN: 0897472233.

Analysis of U. S. Army Helicopter Programs. Frances M. Lussier. 1996. Diane Publishing Co. ISBN: 078812756X.

Apache Helicopter: The Ah-64 (High-Tech Military Weapons). Matthew Pitt. 2000.

Apache: Multi-Purpose Attack Helicopter. Intl. Defense Images. Motorbooks Intl. 1988. ISBN: 0879383038.

Attack Helicopters: The Ah-64 Apaches (War Planes). Bill Sweetman. 2001.

Basic Helicopter Handbook. Federal Aviation Administration. Jepperson Sanderson Aviation. 1978. ISBN: 089100162X.

Basic Helicopter Handbook. 1995. Diane Publishing Company. ISBN: 0788119796.

Bell Aircraft Since 1935. Alain J. Pelletier. 1992. Naval Institute. ISBN: 1557500568.

Bell Aircraft Since 1935 (Putnam Aviation Series). Alain J. Pelletier.

Bell UH-1 (Super Profile). Christopher Chant. Haynes Publications. 1985. ISBN: 0854294376.

Black Hawk Helicopter (Aircraft). Henry M. Holden. 2001.

Black Helicopters Over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order. 1995.Jim Keith. IllumiNet. ISBN: 1881532054.

Black Helicopters II: The Endgame Strategy. Jim Keith. 1998. IllumiNet. ISBN: 1881532143.

Chariots of the Damned: Helicopter Special Operations from Vietnam to Kosovo. Mike McKinney & Mike Ryan. 2001. Thomas Dunne Books. 215 pp.

Chilled Glass & Hot Pots: The Story of Helicopter Pilot. Gary D. Traylor. 1987. Heli World. ISBN: 093917703X.

Chopper!: The Illustrated Story of Helicopters in Action. Bern Keating. 1976. Rand McNally & Co. ISBN: 0-528-81842-2.

Close Air Support: Armed Helicopters and Ground Attack Aircraft.  Greenhill Military Manual. Michael J. H. Taylor. 1996. Greenhill Books & Stackpole Books. 144 pp. ISBN 1-85367-240-8. [Odd shaped little hardback. Each little “chapter”  depicts an aircraft from all over the world].

Cocky, The Little Helicopter. Marjorie Barrows. 1943. Rand McNally & Co.

Combat Helicopters. Jay Schleifer. 1996. Capstone Publ. ISBN: 156065305.

Combat Helicopters. Yves Debay. 1996. Motorbooks. 152 pp. ISBN: 2908182521.

Connecticut ... Helicopter Portraits. 1956? Distributed by" the Corporation" [].

Das Grosse Hubschrauber-Typenbuch: Helikopter der Welt. Marcus Aulfinger. Midland Counties Publications. Date? 244 pp.

Emergency Rescue Vehicles. Mike Haenggi and John Holmgren. 1997. Motorbooks. ISBN: 076030274X.

Flight for Life.* Marie Maher. Pocket Books. 1993.ISBN: 067174464X.

Flying Firefighters. Gary Hines. 1993. Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0395611970. (childrens’)

From Horse to Helicopter. Transporting the British Army in War and Peace. John Sutton and John Walker. 1990. Leo Cooper, London. 232 pp. [Nice, well-researched hardback; very interesting, if you’re a Brit]

Foundations of Helicopter Flight. S. Newman, S Newman.

German Helicopters, 1928-1945. Heinz J. Nowarra. 1991. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. ISBN: 0887402895.

Gunship: 82 Challenging New Adventures. Dave Prochnow. 1988. Tab Books. ISBN: 0830693327.

Helicopter: An Illustrated History of Rotary-Winged. Patrick Allen. 1996. 144 pp. Airlife Pub Ltd; ASIN: 1853102199.

Helicopter Fighters: Warbirds of Battle.  Andy Lightbody

Helicopter Pilot's Handbook of Mountain Flying and Advanced Techniques. Norman Bailey. 2002.

Helicopter: Pioneering With Igor Sikorsky. William E. Hunt. 1999.

Helicopters. Darlene R. Stille. 1997. Children's Press. ISBN: 0516203355. [childrens’]

Helicopter Maintenance (Aviation Technician Training Course-JS312642).  Joseph Schafer. 1986.

Helicopter Theory. Wayne Johnson. 1994.

Gunship Academy: Tactics and Maneuvers for Attack Helicopter Simulations. Richard G. Sheffield. Compute. 1988. ISBN: 0874551536.

H-34 Choctaw in Action. Lennart Lundh. 1994. Squadron Signal. ISBN: 0897473191.

Helicopter Ambulance Study. Robert R. Coleman. 1969.

Helicopter Mystery. Elting. ISBN: 0817831711.

Helicopter Pilots. Crestwood House. 1988.ISBN: 0516303996.

Ka-50. A. Mazepov, A. Mikheev, V. Zenkin, and A. Zhimov. Year? Polygon, Moscow.

Forged in Steel: U.S. Marine Corps Aviation. C.J. Heatley III , Kathleen D. Valenzi (Ed.). 1991. Howell Press. ISBN: 0943231000.

Friendly Fire Shootdown of Army Helicopters Over Northern Iraq: Hearing Before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Congress, first session, hearing held, August 3, 1995. U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office. ISBN: 0160520606.

Helicopters. (How-It-Works series). Ian Graham. 1996. Shooting Star Press (Belgium). 32 pp. ISBN: 1-57338-541-0. Childrens’ book, but excellent illustrations of mechanics; photos ($2.98 at mall book bin).

Helicopter Aces (Visual Novel of the War of Tomorrow). James W. Braden. Avon Books. 1990. ISBN: 0380758474 . Fiction.

Helicopter Ambulance Service To Emergencies: Final Report [On Project Haste]. Publ. ? 1971.

Helicopter Design and Data Manual. Stanley J. Dzik. 1984. Aviation Book Co. ISBN: 0879940107.

Helicopter Directory. Joseph Mill. Brown. Hippocrene Books. 1976. ISBN: 0882543822.

Helicopter Fighters: Warbirds of Battle. Andy Lightbody. Beekman House. 1990. ISBN: 0517687623.

Helicopter: History, Piloting and How It Flies. John Fay. Hippocrene Books. 1987. ISBN: 0870523880.

Helicopters In The High Country: 40 Years of Mountain Flying. Peter Corley-Smith and David N. Sono Nis Press. ISBN # 1-55039-061-9.

Helicopter Mystery. Elting. Date? ISBN: 0817831711.

Helicopter Pilot. W. W. Butterworth. Norton (publ.) 1967.

Helicopter Pilot Manual. 1996. Jeppesen S. ISBN#: 0884872238.

Helicopter Pilot Reports. (At Risk Series), 1995. Aviation Week and Space Technology. ISBN: 0070031681.

Helicopter Pilots (At Risk Series). Nielsen. Crestwood House. 1988. ISBN: 0896863999.

Helicopter (Take It Apart). Chris Oxlade & Mike Grey. 1997. Silver Burdett Press. ISBN#: 0382396693. (childrens’)

Helicopter Rescue. John Chartres. Ian Allan (publ.). ISBN: 0711010625.

Helicopter Rescues. Glines Cv. Scholastic Paperbacks. 1975. ISBN: 0590002864

Helicopter: Story of the Falklands Campaign. John Hamilton. 1990. Trafalgar Square. ISBN: 0715392867.

Helicopter Theory. Wayne Johnson. 1994. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN: 0486682307.

Helicopter-UFO Encounter Over Ohio. Jennie Zeidman. 1979. J. Allen Hynek. ISBN: 9999181333.

Helicopter Utilization In Municipal Law Enforcement, Administrative Considerations. James R. Beall. 1973. Thomas Charles C Publ. ISBN: 0398027803.

Helicopters: Wildwings, Photos, Specs: Adventures in the Sky! Phyllis Raybin Emert. Silver Burdett Press. 1990. ISBN: 0671689673.

Hovering - the History of the Whirly-Girls International Women Helicopter Pilots. Henry M. Holden. 1994. Black Hawk Publishing Company. ISBN: 187963094X (paperback: ISBN: 1879630958)

Igor Sikorsky: Father of the Helicopter. (Masters of Invention), Steven Otfinoski. 1993. Rourke Enterprises. ISBN: 0865921008.

Instructor's Guide to Helicopter Flight Maneuvers. Knight. 1984. Aviation Book Co. ISBN: 9991765409.

Kiss the Sky: Helicopter Tales. Jan Hornung.

Learning to Fly Helicopters. R. Randall Padfield. 1991. McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0830620923.

Lockheed Ah-56a Cheyenne (Warbird Tech Series, Volume 27). Tony Landis, Dennis R. Jenkins. 2000.

Lock on No. 13 : AH-64A Apache Attack Helicopter. Francois Verlinden.

Lost Over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery, and Friendship. Richard Pyle. 2003. [“A  poignant story of four combat photographers who died (shot down in an ARVN Huey during Lam San 719) in Indochina – and the two journalists who kept their memory alive”]

McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache (Classic Warplanes). Bob Munro. Gallery Books. 1991. ISBN: 0831714050.

Mi 24 Hind in Action. Hans-Heiri Stapfer. 1989. Squadron/Signal. ISBN: 0897472039.

Military Helicopters, Vol. 6. John J. Everett-Heath, G. M. Moss, A. W. Mowat, & K. E. Reid. 1990. Brassey's, Inc. ISBN: 008036716X.

1988 Survey Of American Women Helicopter Pilots. Enid C. Kaspar. 1988. E.C. Kaspar (Publ.)

Operation Desert Storm: Apache Helicopter Fratricide Incident. Barbara Cart, William McDaniel, & E. Stone (Eds.). DIANE Publ. ISBN: 0788141155.

Paladin Zero Six: A Desert Storm Memoir by a 101st Airborne Attack Helicopter Company Commander. Rafael J., Jr. Garcia.

Personnel Safety in Helicopter Operations: Helirescue Manual. 1988. Emerg Response. ISBN: 091372436X.

Pitch, Power, and Luck: A Helicopter. Gary Traylor. Heliworld Press. 1987. ISBN: 0939177021

Precision-Guided Logistics: Flexible Support for the Force-Projection Army's High-Technology Weapons. Marc L. Robbins & Douglas W. McIver. 1994. Rand Corp. ISBN: 0833015745.

Principles of Helicopter Flight. Jean-Pierre Harrison. 1993. Pilot Training Publications Co. ISBN: 0963849107.

Principles of Helicopter Flight/ 1749T. W. J. Wagtendonk.

Rotary Elite: Army Choppers of NATO. Yves Debay and James Hill, Concord Publications CP-4017. 96 pp.

Rotorcraft Flying Handbook: FAA - H808321. Federal Aviation Administration.

Rotor & Wing (magazine)

Shock Trauma.* Pat G Jensen. 1997. Pat Jensen Jeffrey. 306 pp. ISBN: 0968195601. Fiction.

Status of Advanced Attack Helicopter Program. Department Of The Army. 1977. U.S. General Accounting Office.

Status Of The Ch-53e Helicopter Program. Department of The Navy. 1977. U.S. General Accounting Office.

Ten Thousand Hours: Reminiscences of Helicopter Bush Pilot.* S. Corley. 1940. Sono Nis Press. ISBN: 9997736087

The Art & Science of Flying Helicopters. Shawn Corwyn Coyle. 1996. Iowa State University. ISBN#: 081382169X.

The Big Book of Real Helicopters. How They Work, What They Do, Where They Go. Clayton Knight. . Date? Grossett & Dunlap. (old childrens' book)

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter. Vivian Gussin Paley, Robert Coles. 1991.

The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare in Africa. 1995. A. Venter, Richard Wood, & Neall Ellis. Stackpole Books. ISBN: 1853671770.

The Complete Guide To 1001 Helicopter Operators In The United States. 1991. Heli-Publications.

The Flapping Behaviour of a Helicopter Rotor at High Tip Speed Ratios. Ernest Wilde. H.M.S.O.

The Foundations of Helicopter Flight.* Simon Newman. 1994. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 303 pp. ISBN: 047023394X.

The Helicopter: An Illustrated History. Keith Carey. P. Stephens (publ.). date? ISBN: 0850597951.

The Helicopter, Its Importance To Commerce And To The Public. Ann N. Davis. 1978. Helicopter Association of America.

The Helicopter Story of the Falklands Campaign. John Hamilton. David & Charles UK. 1991. ISBN: 0715392867.

The McDonnell Douglas Apache (Aero Series, Vol. 33). Frank Caleche. Aero Publ. 1988. ISBN: 0830686142.

The McDonnell Douglas OH-6a Helicopter. Donald J. Porter. 1996. DIANE Publ. ISBN: 0788139762.

The Official Helicopter Specification Book. HeliValue$. Year? ISBN: 0943791952.

UH-1H/V Flight Handbook for U.S. Army Aviators. Bruce W. Dawson, Michael E. Jose (Ed.), & Denise C. Dawson (Ed.). 1995. Silver Wings Publishers. ISBN: 1878595008.

United States Naval Aviation Patches: Aircraft/Attack Squadrons/Helicopter Squadrons. Michael L. Roberts. 1995. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Vertical Ascent : Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot. Charles O. Weir.

Vertical Challenge: The Hiller Aircraft Story. Jay P. Spenser. 1992. University of Washington Press. ISBN: 0295972033.

Westland Sea King. John Chartres. I. Allan (publ.). Year? ISBN: 0711013942.

We Were Soldiers Once … And Young: Ia Drang, the Battle the Changed the War in Vietnam. Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway. 1993. Random House, NY.

Working Hard with the Rescue Helicopter.* Cynthia Benjamin. Scholastic. 1997. ISBN#: 0590134493. (Childrens’)

Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers. Jay P. Spenser. University of Washington Press. (in press). ISBN: 0295976993.


VIDEO and AUDIO TAPES (not up to date)

Apache: Attack Helicopter. VHS. Published by Baker & Taylor Video. 1991. ISBN: 6303389244.

Helicopter Gunships. Vietnam Home Movies. VHS. Published by BVC Publ. 1994. ISBN: 6302526825.

Helicopter Safe Pilot Series. VHS. Published by FERDE GROFE FILMS. 1992. ISBN: 6302138280.

Let's Go Fly a Helicopter. VHS. Published by BLUE BEETLE PRODUCTIONS. 1996. ISBN: 6303593100.

Police in Helicopter. John Holt. Audio CD. Published by NYAM. 1998. ISBN: 6304894112.

The Wild Ones. The Air Cavalry in Vietnam: The True Story of the Legendary Air-Ground Assault Force That Struck Terror in the Hearts of the Enemy! VHS. Dane Hansen Productions. P.O. Box 18163, Boulder, CO. 80308. 1-800-546-8871. ISBN 1-57031-029-7.

Of Heroes and Helicopters: The Life and Times of the Helicoper Pilot in Vietnam. VHS. Dane Hanson Productions. 3405 Penrose Place, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301. 1-800-546-8871.



Books About Vietnam: [a great site to find books on Vietnam by Amazon Books; describes content of certain books]

Vietnam Helicopter Unit Histories (from VHPA) [eBay subsite]

Bibliofind (for old, used, & rare books):

Burkes Bookstore: [found copy of “Winged Sabers” years ago when nobody else could – at reasonable cost, thought now reprinted and available softbound at Amazon]



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Edwin E. Moïse Bibliography, a history Professor at Clemson University, maintains an extensive list of publications on Vietnam. GREAT start for research:

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AH-1 HueyCobra (Combat Aircraft Series) by Lindsay Peacock. W. A. Jones: This thin little paperback is chocked full of historical details and has many photos and several good color illustrations of many units' paint jobs. Included are the shark's teeth versions of C-1/9th, D-3/4th, B-25th AB, and another unique toothy version only identified as "Pale Rider of the 1st Cav." The crossed sabers of the 1/7th are shown. Several angles of an F/8 ship are illustrated. A Marine AH-T of HMM 261 (1983-era) is depicted, as are those of some export countries: Israel, the Spanish Navy, Japan, and Iran. There is an unidentified photo of a flight of 3 Cobras with cool teeth. Another shows an apparent Centaur in the foreground with 5 Marine CH-46s in the background "near Hue", over water. Another depicts a closeup of a Blue Max in a rocket run. A very detailed skeleton drawing depicts most all the internals - each identified in a numbered list. The last section is on later variants. The booklet contains a very good evolutionary history, with many photos. This publication has a heavy Marine influence. One of the 5 chapters is devoted to the Marine Cobra. The chapter on "Cobra in Service" stated that initial Cobra training by Marines was at Hunter Army Airfield. A gratuitous sentence states: "Training was accomplished alongside Army personnel, and some idea of the superior qualities of the Marines can be gained from the fact that, in a class of 39, the four USMC candidates occupied the first four places on graduation." That ought to be a source of pride to you Marines, but I wonder how those four were selected, compared to how Army candidates were "selected." Overall, it is a "must have" book for anyone interested in the HueyCobra. I'm quite sure I found it in a model-and-hobby shop in Tucson several years ago while looking (unsuccessfully) for the old Revell model kit of the AH-1G I used to have.

Ceremonies of the Horsemen by Mark Staggs. Midwest Book Review: In 1970, a California judge sent Wade B. Staggs into enlist in the military for an "attitude adjustment". Ceremonies Of The Horsemen examines Wade's combat experiences in the United States Army as a member of the Fox Troop, 3rd Attack Helicopter Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division AH-1G COBRA [never heard of this ourfit!] and relates the details of the personal relationships Wade developed with those with whom he shared these experiences. Wade returned to California in 1971 after his Cobra Helicopter was shot down and he was critically wounded. However, he was not received as a war hero who had been willing to forfeit his life for the love of country and the safety of his fellow Americans. He struggled with his relationships with others who could not comprehend his combat experiences, poor health as a result of the wounds he sustained during the war, depression, and poverty. In addition to being the story of one man's experiences during and after the Vietnam War, Ceremonies Of The Horsemen is a reminder that war does not only damage the physical body, it is destructive to the mind and soul.

Flight for Life by Marie Maher. Synopsis: Contains firsthand accounts about daring rescues from the pilots, the flight nurses, the paramedics, and the emergency crews of America's helicopter rescue teams. By the author of Trooper Down!

Shock Trauma by Pat G. Jensen. (Fiction). This is the first novel ever to capture the heart pounding, life and death drama of helicopter air ambulance rescue. The story revolves around the misadventures of ICU nurse Angie Jackson, paramedic Russ Andrews and pilot Dale Morgan as they fly to the scene of motor vehicle accidents, assist with mountain rescues, learn how to luge and take part in the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games torch relay. " I got so tired of reading medical novels that were always about doctors and hospitals. As a helicopter flight nurse, I wanted to capture the heart-pounding emotion of racing to the scene of a multi-car pileup. To feel the drama, fear and stress of fighting to keep a patient alive while flying 2000 feet above the ground. I wanted to show readers my experience it through the eyes of someone who's been there...done it...and has the physical and emotional battle scars to prove it." - Author.

Talons of Fire. The recollections of Mike Austin, an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Mike collaborated with 101st Airborne veteran Don Dunnington on this outstanding glimpse into grass roots level flying during the Vietnam War.

The Foundations of Helicopter Flight by Simon Newman. From the publisher: Using practical examples and illustrated case studies, supported by all relevant theory, this text offers an accessible introduction which guides the reader through the theory, design, construction and operation of helicopters. Develops fundamental performance and control equations in order to explore the rotor aerodynamic and dynamic characteristics of helicopters. Example calculations and performance predictions, reflecting current practice, demonstrate how to assess a design's feasibility. Includes numerous photos.

Ten Thousand Hours: Reminiscences of Helicopter Bush Pilot by S. Corley. On-line reader: "Interesting little stories about bush flying between 1950 and 1960 in Alaska and Canada. Enjoyable to read for heli freaks to become an idea how heli flying was during this time. Easy to get in Alaska (1996)."

Primer of the Helicopter War by Charles Holley & Mike Sloniker. From the publisher: Unlike other history books written about the Vietnam War, this book was written with helicopters and their crews as the main focus . . . and, it was written by helicopter pilots. Charles Holley flew scout helicopters in Vietnam and is the author of the highly-acclaimed Bantam War Series book, Aeroscouts. Mike Sloniker flew slicks and is widely-known as a Vietnam War historian. Together they have put together a highly-informative book, filled with first person accounts and photographs, that has no equal. The chapters in the book follow the events of the Vietnam war chronologically, and include the roles played by helicopters in each of the major battles. If you crewed a helicopter in Vietnam, this book is a must have!

The Broken Sword by Lee Westbrook. Exerpt from publisher: How can your Vet do the things he does? Why does he do them? Doesn't he know what it's doing to the family? No, he doesn't ...There are no medals, no citations, no parades, and certainly no glory for those who love, have loved, still love, or wish they could love a Vietnam War Veteran. There are no Purple Hearts for mental scars--yours, or his. For many years, no one knew how deep the Vietnam Vet's wounds were, nor how to begin the healing that would someday restore at least part of what he once was. There is no way to get the whole man back. Perhaps the part you loved the most about him--his innocence--was killed by the war. That part of him cannot be recovered. But, you can get the better part of what is left.

The Jesus Nut by David Freeman. From the publisher: Vietnam helicopter pilots learned to depend upon the threaded retaining nut that secures the main rotor system to the mast on a UH-1 (Huey) or AH-1 (Cobra) helicopter. If that nut failed . . . well, that's why it was commonly called the JESUS NUT. Whether you knew Jesus or not, you were on your way to meet Him! It was near the end of the war and the U.S. was pulling out of theDelta, leaving some of its own behind. When the US Navy gave up on its prisoners in the South, one man didn't. Army Warrant Officer Eric Mohr was determined to see his brother-in-law, a Navy POW being held in the South, set free. When Eric couldn't get help through conventional channels, he found it through his contacts in the Christian community. Backed by the prayer support of a small group of dedicated believers, and trusting in God for direction, Eric and his friends embark upon a dangerous mission in the U Minh forest of South Vietnam. Plenty of flying, plenty of action, and a fresh look at God's work in the lives of men and women during the Vietnam War.

Wings for the Valiant by Robert W. Sisk. On-line comment: "I was a grunt in Vietnam, and Sisk's book provided me with the perspective of a chopper jockey. Like Sisk, I became a writer after the war, and I know how hard it is to make combat real for those who haven't been run through the mill. Read Sisk's book if you want to come as close to combat as possible without getting shot."

Working Hard with the Rescue Helicopter by Cynthia Benjamin. Synopsis: A rescue helicopter pilot spends his day saving people caught in dangerous situations such as fires, floods, and hurricanes before returning home for his daughter's birthday party. Cute.