Thursday, August 7, 2008

Speaking of great stories...

I just finished reading Chickenhawk, Robert Mason's best selling memoir of his tour of duty as Huey pilot in Vietnam. It's probably the single most widely read book among helicopter pilots; you can't be in the helicopter world for long without hearing about it.

I'm sure I'm just one of thousands of pilots who howled with amused familiarity at Mason's description of his first day of flight training.

I can't relate directly to his harrowing accounts of unloading infantry in jungle clearings while enemy gunfire rips through his windshield, but they certainly offer perspective. Some of the maneuvers I've been learning are suddenly less daunting.

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