He also acquired and is restoring a vintage H-34 helicopter that he bought off e-bay. Flying combat in mountainous and weather-hostile Laos was some of the most challenging ever experienced by any pilot, any time, any war. His disdain for poor leadership is well documented and he exposes the arrogance of some Marine higher ups, who knew nothing about leadership. Fly in the battles of wartime helicopter crews. I was an unessential cog in a brilliant machine of pilots, crew chiefs and Corpsmen. I now had dates for both of us.
What he did not know was that 43% of all the aircraft sent to Vietnam were destroyed in combat or accidents. No Pan Am stewies in sight tonight. Collier, whose print copies have been the mainstay of his promotional efforts, weighs in a little heavier when he makes an on-demand print order. Vietnam War Slang outlines the context behind the slang used by members of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Our officers were the finest men I've ever known. It was Collier and his comrades and friends who plunged into those ventures understanding the dangers, and it bound them into tight camaraderie.
One of the fellows went out to the pool, and returned with the bad news that the pool was locked up for the night. I spent two years in the South Pacific in the Kwajalein Atoll, a few months in Saudi Arabia, all over California. All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don't worry about it. Flying combat in mountainous and weather-hostile Laos was some of the most challenging ever experienced by any pilot, any time, any war. While good, it's sprinkled with what I'm sure is hearsay and speculation. The H-34 Seahorse was the very first aircraft I ever got to ride in and Bill's descriptions of flying it were very evocative for me. Lockhart Road in Hong Kong, c.
The book is a well written snapshot of the time, with followups where possible. I still recommend this book. A sample of this would be rendezvous: d- e-e-n-o-r-s-u-v-z. I just finished reading Bill's book and give it a 5 star rating enthusiastically. Though the genres are different — military intrigue and action; a thriller with a page-turner momentum; and a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of truth — the three authors share a lot in terms of the process that led to publication. Five young men also occupied a third table near us.
My good friend, Gary, was coming to join me in Hong Kong the next day. Retired to North Idaho, he is busy completing the third book of his trilogy about the rest of the story. If you are interested in this history, you'll want to read it. While still a senior in high school in 1961 I joined the Marine Air Reserve at Dallas Naval Air Station. It was a big deal to them, and they intended to celebrate it in their customary manner. They went on rescuing their fellows and ducking Strela missiles. After 750 hours of combat flight in Vietnam, recounted in Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot, Collier had already extracted something like 375 wounded Marines from the battlefield.
We adjourned to the bar and began to get acquainted. I overheard them talking about taking the victim up to a hotel room and submerging him in a bathtub full of water, and they even jokingly discussed stuffing him down a toilet, but no one would buy these meager offers. The Italian and I got our pictures in the Hong Kong Post Herald. Martin reached that juncture after banging his head against the brick wall of the publishing industry for about a year. As things quieted down, I cut one of the sweeties, Janet, away from the other.
That aside, the book is well written and loaded with photos to back up Bill's stories! Captain Collier teamed up with his best Vietnam helicopter pilot buddy, Gary, and the two rascals shared enough true adventure to make any novel seem lame. For shorter leaves, Collier and the other pilots stayed closer to home at Udorn, Thailand, as well Bangkok, Hong Kong, India visiting the Taj Mahal , Katmandu, and Sydney. Writing his first book proved so painful that — at about the mid-point — he actually set it aside for an extended period. His flying stories do not reach the emotional intensity of his experiences as a rookie Marine pilot. Join Huey 091 in her journey from Vietnam to a backyard wedding decades later. They wanted to initiate him, not infect him with a dozen communicable diseases.
Death defying adventure, big money, world travel, sex, booze: this true tale has it all. It's has 600mm blades and spans about 4. It was not a pretty sight. They have given themselves books. Whichever way it happens, it wasnÕt your day. Bill Collier with George Hadz, George Allen and James Barr in Dong Ha, Viet Nam. It will be an essential resource for Vietnam veterans and their families, students and readers of history, and anyone interested in the principles underpinning the development of slang.
Helicopter history, winged wisdom, and flight facts are scattered throughout the book. You can contribute at either Paypal or Patreon. So, in the spirit of the season, we share some hard-won tips from these writers in hopes that their experience will inspire others to follow their lead. I thought it very strange that I could see the pilots' feet and how any aircraft could shake that much on a regular basis. Eyer followed a similar course, but went directly to the self-publishing model once his book was written. I recommend reading it on both a historical basis, and because it's just plain well written. We dated for a while after I returned to northern California.
I anticipated a lonely, boring night. There are deaths, tragedies, and some very tense moments. Strangers in a strange land, these pilots adapted to its caprices with testosterone and a sense of humor. More often than not, their efforts were met with a series of rejection letters and their dreams were dashed. I read Christopher Robbins' book years ago. There is no job that a helicopter can do that he has not done.