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Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam


Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam by Naval Inst Pr at Hanoi PE. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Foreword by Stephen Coonts. The tragic, the comic, the terrifying, the poignant are all part of the story of the Black Pony pilots who distinguished


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Foreword by Stephen Coonts. The tragic, the comic, the terrifying, the poignant are all part of the story of the Black Pony pilots who distinguished themselves in the Mekong Delta between 1969 and 1972. Flying their Broncos "down and dirty, low and slow," they destroyed more enemies and saved more allied lives with close-air support than all the other naval squadrons combined during the three years they saw action. Author Kit Lavell was part of this squadron of "black sheep" given a chance to make something of themselves. The U.S. Navy's only land-based attack squadron, Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) flew support missions for the riverine forces, SEALs, and allied units in borrowed, propeller-driven OV-10s. For fixed-wing aircraft they were dangerous, unorthodox missions, a fact readers quickly come to appreciate.

After two years of research, Lavell has been able to match many of the air operations to those on the ground and tell the dramatic story from both perspectives. One of several offered in the book is the bringing together of SEAL Barry Enoch, a Navy Cross recipient, and Black Pony pilot Larry Hone, a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, whose encounter is stunningly described in chapter 14. Lavell also provides vivid scenes of life and love away from combat and gives a concise history of the squadron along with details of its unique use of the OV-10.

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Manufacturer:Naval Inst Pr
Publisher:Naval Inst Pr
Studio:Naval Inst Pr
EAN:9781557505217
Item Size:1.25 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
Package Weight:1.5 pounds
Package Size:6.1 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches

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