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During one of my boards a Senior Aviator recommended that I read about the history of Army Aviation to prepare myself and instill pride in what I am about to partake in. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for books that you have enjoyed related to Army Aviation or military aviation in general?

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During one of my boards a Senior Aviator recommended that I read about the history of Army Aviation to prepare myself and instill pride in what I am about to partake in. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for books that you have enjoyed related to Army Aviation or military aviation in general?

 

Chickenhawk of course, and Extreme Ownership for an insightful leadership development read.

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Low Level Hell is awesome

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The best book I would recommend is: A History of Army Aviation: From Its Beginnings to the War on Terror by Dr Williams.

 

For great enjoyable reading regarding the Army, Army Aviation, Special Forces and the like, the novel series of Brotherhood of War authored by W.E.B. Griffin should be on your list.. Start from the 1st book titled Lieutenants, you won't be able to put the series down. Hell, it should be required reading for every Army Officer even Warrant Officer Aviators :D. You may as well learn the inner workings of the military and the creation of Army aviation. Follow the career paths of such officers as Lowell, Felter, Jiggs, MacMillian, Bandon and others. (4 of those officers will eventually become Army aviators in their careers in the series)

 

 

First rate. Griffin, a former soldier, skillfully sets the stage, melding credible characters, a good eye for detail, and colorful gritty dialogue into a readable and entertaining story.”— THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

 

An American epic.”— TOM CLANCY

 

Griffin has captured the rhythms of army life and speech, its rewards and deprivations... Captivating.”— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

Absorbing, salted-peanuts reading, filled with detailed and fascinating descriptions of weapons, tactics, training, army life, and battle. The Brotherhood members themselves are interesting characters, possessed of intelligence and humor.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

Extremely well done... First rate.”— THE WASHINGTON POST

 

A major work... magnificent... powerful. If books about warriors and the women who love them were given medals for authenticity, insight and honesty, THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR would be covered with them.” — WILLIAM BRADFORD HULE

 

Gripping”— KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

W.E.B. Griffin has been called the poet laureate of the American military, and it is certain that his books convey a sure portrait of that culture. His grasp of history and his ability to personalize that big picture through the actions of an ever-changing cast of characters not only informs—it is highly entertaining as well.” — LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

 

A crackling good story. The Brotherhood of War gets into the hearts and minds of those who by choice or circumstances are called upon to fight our nation’s wars.” — WILLIAM R. CORSON, LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED) U.S.M.C., AUTHOR OF THE BETRAYAL AND THE ARMIES OF IGNORANCE

 

A master storyteller who makes sure each book stands on its own.”— NEWPORT NEWS PRESS

Reflects the flavor of what it’s like to be a professional soldier.”— FREDERICK DOWNS, AUTHOR OF THE KILLING ZONE

 

Captures the rhythm of Army life and speech, its rewards and deprivations. A well-written and absorbing account.”— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

 

If anyone has read the Brotherhood of War series, what was your opinion?

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I enjoyed Bob Mason's 'Chickenhawk' a great deal. It gives a taste of that war, but that's a very very different Army Aviation than the modern professional Army.

 

We were 'Soldiers Once' is also a good read, but less aviation.

 

The best of the best is Mike Novosel's, I think it was "Dustoff"? An absolute classic narration of the life of an honest hero, who exemplified everything that Army aviators aspire to be.

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