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#1 Spartan13

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 22:29

Hey all, long time lurker first time poster here. I'm Army active duty enlisted, and just got my Q-S for 153A at the May 2017 board! I'm beyond excited, but still have one last hurdle before I can start the whole training timeline: my unit's JRTC rotation in June. What I'd like to know is if anyone has any recommendations for military helicopter pilot books that they've really enjoyed. I'm not really looking for anything strictly educational (TMs, manuals, etc), I'm more looking for interesting stories of real military helicopter pilots and what their careers were like. Just something to help me pass the time before and after the box.

I've done some searching around and have seen Low Level Hell and Chickenhawk recommended strongly, but I'm wondering if there are any more recent accounts of pilots from OIF/OEF or something else from the modern era. I've also read Mike Durant's book "In The Company of Heroes" and really enjoyed it.

On a completely separate note, I'm interested to hear from other active duty who were selected recently how long it took to get their email with class dates, and how far out their class dates were. Any intel about a realistic timeline would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance, sorry that this post turned out to be longer than I intended.
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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:26

http://helicopterfor...mended-reading/


Edited by CharyouTree, 31 May 2017 - 10:28.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 14:35

Thanks for the post, CharyouTree, but those recommendations are all exactly what I'm not looking for, which are TMs, manuals or other documentation or study material. I'm interested in just entertainment value to help pass the time, preferably something autobiographical in nature. In The Company of Heroes is a good example of what I'm looking for.

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 14:36

Just happened by this post and figured id chime in.  I was also selected at the May 2017 Board and I'm active duty enlisted.  It good to see a fellow Active Duty Soldier on here! I look forward to seeing you down at Rucker!



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 20:46

Rattler One-Seven, by Chuck Gross is a good read. It's a true story about his experiences in Vietnam.  



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:21

Just happened by this post and figured id chime in.  I was also selected at the May 2017 Board and I'm active duty enlisted.  It good to see a fellow Active Duty Soldier on here! I look forward to seeing you down at Rucker!

Hell yeah! Congrats! Once you get your dates, let me know. If we end up in the same class, it'd be nice to know someone else before we even get there!

Rattler One-Seven, by Chuck Gross is a good read. It's a true story about his experiences in Vietnam.  


Also, thanks Rotornut. This is exactly what I was looking for!

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:41

Thanks for the post, CharyouTree, but those recommendations are all exactly what I'm not looking for, which are TMs, manuals or other documentation or study material. I'm interested in just entertainment value to help pass the time, preferably something autobiographical in nature. In The Company of Heroes is a good example of what I'm looking for.

 

There are several posts in there with non-study material...  I'll forgo linking directly to them.

 

 

 

The Night Stalkers, also by Durant

Low Level Hell

Rattler one-Seven

Pucker Factor 10

To the Limit

Dustoff 7-3 (Haven't read yet, but I went to flight school with the author)

The Price of Exit

A Rumor of War

US Navy Seawolves: The Elite HAL-3 Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam

 

Non Helicopter Pilot:

A Higher Call

Once a Fighter Pilot

Eye of the Viper

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

Flyboys

The Right Stuff

Moonshot

Vipers in the Storm

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle

 

Non-pilot related:

5 Years to Freedom (Col Rowe)

Lone Survivor

Sua Sponte

Delta Force: A Memoir

 

 

More leadership oriented:

Leaders Eat Last (from previously mentioned thread)

The Mission, the Men, and Me



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 16:45

http://www.goodreads...-apache-ed-macy

"Apache" I read this book by Ed Macy, a British Apache pilot who flew extensively in Afghanistan in 2006. Great read and pretty contemporary. Seems like he had some pretty hairy moments out there. 
 



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 22:14

Great list, CharyouTree. I'll definitely check some of those out. And also thanks CGMech, I'm really interested in reading something from the current generation of aircraft and I'll check out that book for sure.




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