Vietnam from Treetop Level with the 1st Cavalry, 1968-1969
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About the Book
Before unmanned combat drones, there was the Grumman OV-1C Mohawk, a twin-engine turboprop fixed-wing reconnaissance aircraft loaded with state-of-the-art target detection systems. Crewed by a pilot and observer, it flew at treetop level by day, taking panoramic photographs. By night it scanned the landscape from 800 feet with side-looking airborne radar (SLAR) and infrared. Russell Pettis’ lively, detailed memoir recounts his 1968–1969 tour with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam, where served as a technical observer (T.O.) aboard an unarmed Mohawk, searching for elusive enemy forces near the DMZ and along the Laotian and Cambodian borders, dodging mountains in the dark and avoiding anti-aircraft fire.
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Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2021