Mohawk Recon

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.

About the Author(s)

Russell Pettis served as a corporate fleet manager for a Fortune 500 company and wrote a monthly automotive information bulletin, covering driving techniques, new automotive technology and other safe driving guidelines. Currently he serves as the C.F.O. of Pettis Education, an educational consulting company. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Russell Pettis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8736-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4525-4
Imprint: McFarland