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By Marshall Harrison

ISBN-10: 0891416382

ISBN-13: 9780891416388

From retired Air strength pilot Marshall Harrison comes a striking memoir of aerial battle in Vietnam. In his 3rd strive against travel, Harrison stumbled on himself “converted” from the excessive functionality global of jets to the awkward-looking OV-10 Bronco and assigned as a FAC—forward air controller. an enthralling story of valor, brotherhood, and patriotism unravels within the pages of A Lonely form of conflict, ahead Air Controller, Vietnam, a posthumous free up via this released writer via Xlibris.

Harrison is a born tale teller. there's pleasure, suspense, and humor during this account of the lifetime of a FAC. They have been a small workforce of committed pilots flying evenly armed prop-driven aircrafts in South Vietnam. thought of to be the eyes and ears of the assault plane, their task used to be to fly low and gradual, locate, repair, and direct airstrikes opposed to an elusive enemy hid through the heavy rainforest and jungles, a space the FACs often called “the eco-friendly Square”. The flying scenes are riveting: studying to fly the maneuverable Bronco, clearing within the “fast-movers” to drop titanic 750-lb bombs with no inflicting damage to the “friendlies” and undertaking covert operation into Cambodia---“over the fence with the mad males within the eco-friendly beanies”. On the sort of mystery missions, he's shot down and spends a harrowing evening within the jungle.

FACs lived with the troops within the box and flew from unimproved airstrips; they almost managed the aerial battlefields of South Vietnam. Their losses have been brilliant they usually frequently died on my own.

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