ON YANKEE STATION: The Naval Air War over Vietnam. Foreword by Stephen Coonts. By popular demand, ON YANKEE STATION was reprinted as a quality trade soft cover. Excellent maps and tactical diagrams, and appendixes that include a good chronology and a fine statistical summary of air-to-air result. Also covers rules of engagement, tactics used in strike warfare, airborne & surface threats.
Combining vivid personal narrative with historical and operational analyses, this book takes a candid look at U.S. naval airpower in the Vietnam War. Coauthors John Nichols, a fighter pilot in the war, and Barrett Tillman, an award-winning aviation historian, make full use of their extensive knowledge of the subject to detail the ways in which airpower was employed in the years prior to the fall of Saigon. Confronting the conventional belief that airpower failed in Vietnam, they show that when applied correctly, airpower was effective, but because it was often misunderstood and misapplied, the end results were catastrophic. Their book offers a compelling view of what it was like to fly from Yankee Station between 1964 and 1973 and important lessons for future conflicts. At the same time, it adds important facts to the permanent war record.
Following an analysis of the state of carrier aviation in 1964 and a definition of the rules of engagement, it describes the tactics used in strike warfare, the airborne and surface threats, electronic countermeasures, and search and rescue. It also examines the influence of political decisions on the conduct of the war and the changing nature of the Communist opposition. Appendixes provide useful statistical data on carrier deployments, combat sorties, and aircraft losses. This paperback edition of a book first published in 1987 includes a new foreword by Stephen Coonts.
John B. Nichols, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy, flew 264 combat missions off carriers in the Tonkin Gulf between 1966 and 1973. A resident of Melborne, Florida, he is also the coauthor, with Tillman, of the fictional work Warriors. Barrett Tillman has written books on the Dauntless dive bomber, the Hellcat, Corsair, Crusader, Avenger, and Wildcat, all available from CIB Media. He lives in Arizona.
200 pages, 18 photographs, 3 line drawings, 4 maps.
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