John B. Nichols Barrett Tillman
- Title: On Yankee Station: The Naval Air War Over Vietnam
- Author: John B. Nichols Barrett Tillman
- ISBN: 9781557504951
- Page: 411
- Format: Paperback
Combining vivid personal narrative with historical and operational analyses, this book takes a candid look at U.S naval airpower in the Vietnam War Coauthors John Nichols, a fighter pilot in the war, and Barrett Tillman, an award winning aviation historian, make full use of their extensive knowledge of the subject to detail the ways in which airpower was employed in theCombining vivid personal narrative with historical and operational analyses, this book takes a candid look at U.S naval airpower in the Vietnam War Coauthors John Nichols, a fighter pilot in the war, and Barrett Tillman, an award winning aviation historian, make full use of their extensive knowledge of the subject to detail the ways in which airpower was employed in the years prior to the fall of Saigon Confronting the conventional belief that airpower failed in Vietnam, they show that when applied correctly, airpower was effective, but because it was often misunderstood and misapplied, the end results were catastrophic Their book offers a compelling view of what it was like to fly from Yankee Station between 1964 and 1973 and important lessons for future conflicts At the same time, it adds important facts to the permanent war record Following an analysis of the state of carrier aviation in 1964 and a definition of the rules of engagement, it describes the tactics used in strike warfare, the airborne and surface threats, electronic countermeasures, and search and rescue It also examines the influence of political decisions on the conduct of the war and the changing nature of the Communist opposition Appendixes provide useful statistical data on carrier deployments, combat sorties, and aircraft losses.
Recent Comments "On Yankee Station: The Naval Air War Over Vietnam"
Overall I thought this was a pretty interesting read about the air war in Vietnam, and how the rules of engagement hindered the effort. The writing is a bit terse at times but conveys the mood/attitude of the pilots and servicemen. There is a definite attitude in the writing and it spares little nicety in talking about how the ROEs hamstrung the pilots from doing more.If you are interested in the Vietnam war and want a view point from the pilots and crews, this is a good read.
I thought this book would be more about the day to day operations of a naval pilot but this book is about the overall air war for the Navy. Don't get me wrong it was good but I was kinda disappointed.
"On Yankee Station" is yet another of those books that are must-reads for military aviation enthusiasts. It contains both a broad view of the Navy air war in Vietnam and a up-close, in-the-cockpit view of things. Barrett Tillman provides much of the history and exposition, allowing co-author John B. Nichols--a former F-8 Crusader pilot--to break in and tell first-person stories that illustrate the larger points. This synergy makes for a very exciting, readable book. Unfortunately, it's also vuln [...]
A quick read, interesting. It felt like the author was settling scores with the administration at the time but it gave an overview of what was the life on Yankee Station plus a few fun anecdote.
Good depiction of the air war over Vietnam. Worth reading for his view of how our airborne efforts were limited by our politicians.
More interesting than the technical aspects of the fighting, is the rundown of the ridiculous ROE of the air war
A little monotonous
Single seat, single engine. Mach two. What else do you need to know? (The best book about Vietnam era naval aviators I know of)
One of the best books on the naval air war in Vietnam. Definitely worth reading for anyone with an interest in aviation history.
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