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Rotary Wing Books

Many combat helicopter pilots have put their stories to print, for our reading pleasure:


Vietnam (alphabetical)
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Title: 19 Minutes to Live - Helicopter Combat in Vietnam: A Memoir by Lew Jennings
Author: Lew Jennings
ISBN: 1548484539
Title: Ace: The Story of Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio
Author: Rex Gooch
ISBN: 150864246X
Title: The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot: Flying the H-34 Helicopter in Vietnam for the United States Marine Corps
Author: Bill Collier
ISBN: 1500936138
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Title: Air Cav: History of the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam 1965-1969
Author: J.D. Coleman
ISBN: 1596528176
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Title: Angel's Wing: An Year in the Skies of Vietnam
Author: Joseph R. Finch
ISBN: 0910155453
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Title: Black Cat 2-1: The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew
Author: Bob Ford
ISBN: 1612548962
Title: ChickenHawk
Author: Robert Mason
ISBN: 0143035711
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Title: Chopper Heroes: Have Guns Will Travel
Author: William E. Peterson
ISBN: 1981656944
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Title: CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans: Flying Helicopters in Laos for Air America
Author: Bill Collier
ISBN: 1547225327
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Title: A Cobra Pilot in Vietnam: True Tales and Otherwise
Author: Ira McComic
ISBN: 0988757443
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Title: Dear Mom, I'm Alive: Letters Home From Blackwidow 25
Author: Randolph P. Mains
ISBN: 1723390194
Title: Firebirds: The Best First Person Account of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam Ever Written
Author: Chuck Carlock
ISBN: 0553577050
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Title: Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam
Author: Robert F. Hartley
ISBN: 1489703942
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Title: Guts N' Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam
Author: Mark Garrison
ISBN: 1629670537
Title: Hornet 33: Memoir of a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
Author: Ed Denny
ISBN: 1476666091
Title: Looking for Flyboys: One G.I.'s Journey: Vietnam 1970-1971
Author: Tom Messenger
ISBN: 155571806X
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Title: Low Level Hell
Author: Hugh L. Mills
ISBN: 9780891417194
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Title: The Price of Exit: A True Story of Helicopter Pilots in Vietnam
Author: Tom Marshall
ISBN: 9780804117159
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Title: Pucker Factor 10: Memoir of a U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
Author: James Joyce
ISBN: 0786415576
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Title: Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s War Story
Author: Chuck Gross
ISBN: 9781574412215
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Title: Snake Pilot: Flying the Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam
Author: Randy R. Zahn
ISBN: 1596528176
Title: Surprised at Being Alive: An Accidental Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam and Beyond
Author: Robert F. Curtis
ISBN: 1612002757
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Title: Taking Fire: The True Story of a Decorated Chopper Pilot
Author: Ron Alexander & Charles W. Sasser
ISBN: 0312269846
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Title: To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam
Author: Tom A Johnson
ISBN: 0451222180
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Title: Ups and Downs: Recollections of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot
Author: William Sharpe
ISBN: 1724796941
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Title: Vietnam: A Tale Of Two Tours
Author: James C Mooney Jr
ISBN: 172417567X
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Title: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories: Volume 1
Author: H. D. Graham
ISBN: 1469139871
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Title: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories: Volume 2
Author: H. D. Graham
ISBN: 1479763411
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Title: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories: Volume 3
Author: H. D. Graham
ISBN: 1493159925
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Title: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories: Volume 4
Author: H. D. Graham
ISBN: 1503540480
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Title: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories: Volume 5
Author: H. D. Graham
ISBN: 1984533908
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Title: Without Parachutes: How I Survived 1,000 Attack Helicopter Combat Missions In Vietnam
Author: Colonel (Retired) Jerry W. Childers
ISBN: 1420882589


Title: Scram!: The Gripping First-hand Account of the Helicopter War in the Falklands
Author: Harry Benson


Africa (alphabetical)
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Title: Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neal Ellis, Gunship Pilot and Mercenary
Author: Al Venter
ISBN: 1612000703
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Title: In the Company of Heroes
Author: Michael J. Durant
ISBN: 9780451219930
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Title: Spider Zero Seven: A Life in Combat
Author: Mike Borlace
ISBN: 1788038959
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Title: The Chopper Boys: Helicopter War in Africa
Author: Al J. Venter
ISBN: 1909982687

Middle East

Middle East (alphabetical)
Title: Apache
Author: Ed Macy
ISBN: 0802144780
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Title: Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan
Author: Amber Smith
ISBN: 1501116398
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Title: GREEN FEET: Life in a Combat Search and Rescue Squadron
Author: Julio R. "Zorro" Lopez Jr.
ISBN: ???
Title: Hellfire
Author: Ed Macy
ISBN: 0007288204
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Title: Sweating the Metal
Author: Alex Duncan
ISBN: 1444708007

Rotary Wing Instruction

There are numerous reference texts available on rotary-wing aerodynamics, here is but a few:

Cyclic collective.jpg Cyclic and Collective
Principles.jpg Principles of Helicopter Flight
Practical.jpg Practical Helictoper Aerodynamics
Handbook.jpg Helicopter Flying Handbook
Rotorcraft.jpg Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
Helicopters will take you anywhere.jpg Helicopters can take you anywhere
Fatal traps.jpg Fatal Traps for helicopter pilots

Harrier Specific

Harrier Specific (alphabetical)
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Title: A Nightmares Prayer
Author: Michael Franzak
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Title: RAF Harrier: Ground Attack - Falklands
Author: SQN LDR Jerry Pook
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Title: Harrier 809
Author: Rowland White
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Title: Sea Harrier FR1 vs Mirage III Daggger - South Atlantic 1982
Author: Douglas C Dilby & Pablo Calcaterra
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Title: Joint Force Harrier
Author: CMDR Ade Orchard RN
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Title: Hostile Skies : the battle fdr the Falklands
Author: David Morgan
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Title: Sea Harrier over the Falklands
Author: CMDR 'Sharkey' Ward

Fixed Wing Books

Some other exceptional (fixed wing) reads:

Fixed Wing - miscellaneous
Title: Warthog: Flying the A-10 in the Gulf War
Author: William L. Smallwood
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Title: Angles of Attack: An A-6 Intruder Pilot's War
Author: Peter Hunt
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Title: Bogeys and Bandits: The making of a Fighter Pilot
Author: Robert Gandt
Title: Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat over Iraq
Author: Jay A. Stout
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Title: The Dream Machine: The untold history of the notorious V-22 Osprey
Author: Richard Whittle
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Title: Predator: Secret origins of the drone revolution
Author: Richard Whittle
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Title: Fighter Pilot: Misadventures beyond the sound barrier with an Australian Top Gun
Author: Mac 'Serge' Tucker
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Title: Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering
Author: Robert L. Shaw
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Title: Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
Author: Dan Hampton
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Title: Vulcan 607
Author: Rowland White

Fixed Wing - Vietnam
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Title: Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds
Author: Robin Olds
ISBN: 0312569513
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Title: The Vietnam Air War: From The Cockpit
Author: Colonel Dennis M. (Mike) Ridnouer
ISBN: 1978476485
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Title: One Trip Too Many: A pilot's memoirs of 38 months in combat over Laos and Vietnam
Author: Wayne A Warner
ISBN: 1467931551
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Title: Tailhooker: Pre-Flight to Vietnam
Author: Willard G. Dellicker
ISBN: 150894234X
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Title: Sherman Lead: Flying the F-4D Phantom II in Vietnam
Author: Gaillard R. Peck Jr
ISBN: 1472829379
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Title: Thud Ridge: Flying the F-105 Thunderchief in combat over Vietnam
Author: Colonal Jack Broughton
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Title: The Hunter Killers
Author: Dan Hampton


Miscellaneous (alphabetical)
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Title: We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Author: Harold G. Moore
ISBN: 034547581X
Title: Danger Close: Tactical Air Controllers in Afghanistan and Iraq
Author: Steve Call
ISBN: 1603441425