Rampant Raider: An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam

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Naval Institute Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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A member of Light Attack Squadron 212 s Rampant Raiders, A-4 pilot Stephen R. Gray writes about his experiences flying combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier during one of the most intense periods of aerial combat in U.S. history. From the perspective of a junior naval aviator, Gray reveals the lessons he learned first at the Naval Aviation Training Command and then in actual combat flying the Skyhawk from USS Bon Homme Richard in Vietnam. Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. Readers will discover how circumstances created heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. The book addresses how men react to service during contentious political times to offer lessons relevant today.
  

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I'll freely admit in my teen years I was a huge fan of Top Gun and wanted to be a Naval Aviator more than anything else. The love of Naval Aviation started earlier say at age 4 when I attended an air ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Navy Beginnings
6
Naval School Preflight
15
Saufley Field
28
McCain Field
45
Forrest Sherman Field
71
Chase Field
86
Cougars and Tigers
98
En Route to War
149
On the Firing Line
164
Baptism by Flak
183
Alpha Strikes
201
Battle Losses
217
Deadly Combat
237
End of the Line
256
Epilogue
274

The Replacement Air Group
117
Weapons and Fleet Training
136

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About the author (2007)

Stephen R. Gray flew the A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam and later served as a flight instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas. In 1972, he left the Navy and began flying commercially for Delta Airlines. Gray flew some thirty different types of aircraft, logging more than 24,000 flying hours before retiring in 2002. He lives in Hemphill, Texas.

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