Forward air controllers played perhaps the most dangerous aviation role of the Vietnam war, flying in flimsy, propeller-driven Cessna O-1 Bird Dogs at speeds well below the top end of most family cars, and spending hours over hostile terrain finding and stopping the enemy before they could attack American troops.
Of the many army Bird Dog units in Southeast Asia, none operated in as hostile an environment as the “Catkillers” of the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company. In A Hundred Feet Over Hell, Jim Hooper tells the story of the extraordinary risks this handful of young pilots took to support those on the ground and ensure that the greatest possible number of U.S. servicemen made it home unharmed.
Hardcover Book : 272 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks International Publishers ( May 10, 2009 )
Item #: 12-948644
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.625inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was an Arty Capt in the heavy 8in/175mm Unit and I did my share of flying in a "Bird Dog". I was down south and it was very interesting to read about others up North. I enjoyed the books no BS attitued and recommend the book to anyone,
Reviewer: Capt B