Rampant Raider

An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam
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Binding:Paperback
Published:September 15, 2017
By Stephen R. Gray (Author)
A member of Light Attack Squadron 212's "Rampant Raiders," A-4 pilot Stephen R. Gray writes about his experiences flying combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier during one of the most intense periods of aerial combat in U.S. aviation history. From the perspective of a junior officer, Gray reveals the lessons he learned first at the Naval Aviation Training Command and then in actual combat flying the Skyhawk from USS Bon Homme Richard in Vietnam. Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. Readers will discover how circumstances created heroes-heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause-and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. The book also addresses how men react to service during contentious political times, lessons relevant for today.
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Product Details
  • Subject: Aviation
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1682471982
  • ISBN-13: 9781682471982
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 6 in
  • Shipping Weight: 15.36 oz
Praise
  • β€œIn this engaging memoir, Stephen Gray shows us what it was like to be a naval aviator during the turbulent sixties, from training as a NAVCAD to flying combat missions off the deck of Bon Homme Richard as an A-4 pilot in VA-212 during an initial tour in Southeast Asia. This is a fascinating book.” β€”Jeffrey G. Barlow, author of Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945–1950

STEPHEN R. GRAY became a flight instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas, after his combat tour in Vietnam. He left the Navy in 1972 and flew commercially for Delta Airlines for thirty years, logging more than 24,000 flying hours. He lives in Hemphill, Texas.

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