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The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591143864
  • Binding: Paperback and eBook
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Subject: Vietnam War
  • Date Available: March 2013
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U.S. Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of pilots, their contributions misunderstood or simply unknown to the public. This was especially the case with the B-52 non-pilot officer aircrews in the Vietnam War. Yet without them it would have been impossible to execute nuclear war strike plans or fly conventional bombing sorties. Here, one of their own reveals who these men were and what they did down in the "Black Hole." It is the only work to detail the B-52 air war in Vietnam from the perspective of a navigator-bombardier.

The author offers a history of the development of bombing techniques and the evolution of bomber aircraft, focusing on the Vietnam-era B-52. Final chapters turn to the eleven-day "Christmas War" over Hanoi and Haiphong for an insider's view of that defining battle.
Robert O. Harder, an active-duty U.S. Air Force officer from 1966 to 1970, served in the Strategic Air Command and flew 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War as a B-52D navigator-bombardier. He later became a commercial pilot and certificated flight instructor. Now a retired chain retail executive, he lives in Chicago.

Praise for Flying from the Black Hole

“I enthusiastically recommend this enjoyable book to all individuals interested in aviation history (especially that of the Vietnam War), B-52 operations, the Air Force in general, and SAC in particular. I found Flying from the Black Hole true to the facts as I knew them and a great read.”

Air & Space Power Journal, November-December 2012

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