[PDF/EBOOK] Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War by Ed Rasimus

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characters Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War Ed Rasimus ò 6 Download Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Ed Rasimus Picking up where his acclaimed When Thunder Rolled left off Palace Cobra is the story of Ed Rasimus's return to Vietnam to fight a war that many Americans tried to forgetWhen F 105 pilot Ed Rasimus completed his 100 missions over Vietnam he returned stateside to a normal life sitting at a desk and teaching student pilots. Palace Cobra follows Rasimum s second tour in Vietnam as an F 4 during the Linebacker campaigns In the years since When Thunder Rolled Rasimus had been an instructor pilot and personnel officer and he wanted to get back to flying fighters while there were still fighters to fly even if that meant facing flak and SAMs again and wrecking his marriage in the processBy 1972 the war had become thoroughly routinized Bureaucratic absurdities proliferated in the air bases which were much the same as they had been in 1966 Rasimus slotted right in becoming a hunter killer pilot who specialized in going after SAM sites with cluster bombs In Palace Cobra Rasimus opens up a little speculating about how the war was fought the ability of airpower to force a decision and the culture of fighter pilots in Thailand in the 1970s It s amazing how much gregarious and personable the war becomes when there s another person sitting in the same cockpit as you making the same desperate prayers about flakHaving read them back to back I recommend both of Rasimus s books They re similar of course but just difference enough it s worth reading both

Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Ed RasimusPalace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War

characters Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War Ed Rasimus ò 6 Download Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Ed Rasimus Two years later he volunteered to go for a second tour of duty Determined not to die in a losing cause and relentlessly searching for that next adrenaline rush Rasimus and the other F 4 Phantom pilots continued the ferocious air war in the North dodging SAMs and gunning for MiGs and routinely cheated deathWhen America fin. Not as good as When Thunder Rolled but still enjoyable

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characters Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War Ed Rasimus ò 6 Download Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ò Ed Rasimus Ally got serious about ending the war Rasimus and the other pilots put it all on the line pounding Hanoi with everything they had and flying above POW camps to let the troops know they were not alone Gripping earnest and unforgettable Rasimus's combat memoir is in the end a heartfelt tribute to those who never made it bac. Palace Cobra is my favorite of all the pilot memoirs I ve read so far It s not that Ed Rasimus story or insight is greater or lesser than anyone else s its mostly that he s as good a writer as he is a pilot While he definitely has the typical fighter jock bravado the book isn t bogged down by arrogance the way many pilot memoirs are While he expresses his opinions of the war and the politics behind it these are not at all the focus of the story as opposed to other first hand accounts that go on tirades against the politicians and the hippies Ultimately the work is balanced engaging exciting and engrossingRasimus began as an Air Force F 105 pilot which he recounts in another book that I haven t read but flew an F 4 during the Linebacker campaigns While doing some ground attack and Combat Air Patrol CAP missions he seems to have spent most of his time as a SAM killer using advanced technology to take out the surface to air missile launchers that plagued American air forces throughout the war He begins by detailing his training experience and the shortfalls of the AIr Force training process He also gives a wonderful first hand account of the many problems the F 4 Phantom had its tendency to lose control and some of the other technical issues raised by the strangely designed airplane Like many other memoirs he tells all the details of flying on bombing runs air to air fights and other harrowing adventures He also gives a good sense of the interpersonal issues dealt with by other pilots and people on the air base The Phantom s two seat configuration created a need for synergy among aircrews Through all of this Rasimus does a wonderful job of both crafting a strong central narrative that s easy for readers to grab onto and of going into wonderful detail which really paints a vivid picture His narratives of individual missions and his descriptions of tense moments in the cockpit are among the best I ve ever read He also is able to detail some big picture ideas such as explaining why the military pursued certain tactics and practices However he thankfully avoids going too far in the big picture direction Many memoirs seem to fall into the trap of complaining heavily about the war in general attempting to critiue the moves of politicians and negotiators Rasimus only breaches this territory with a few sentences here and there but mostly sticks to his strong narrative He knows the story he is telling and he tells it well without indulging in heavy handedness While he does talk about his personal life he also realizes this is not the focus or purpose of the book and so only goes into as much detail as is necessary for the story Many memoirs tend to take on a confessional approach but Rasimus confidently avoids this in crafting his storyOverall the book has a style that elevates its substance so than most books in this category If you re an airpower enthusiast this is definitely one to have on the shelf

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Palace Cobra: A Fighter Pilot in the Vietnam Air War
  • Ed Rasimus
  • English
  • 09 August 2017
  • 9780312948764