A History of Army Aviation: From Its Beginnings to the War on Terror

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iUniverse, 2005 - History - 452 pages
.spellbinding history., the how, what, when, where and why.some never told and certainly not always understood. This is a story that has begged to be told, .with sources and substance heretofore missing. Historians, military scholars, and aviators, .will rely on this work for years.
Carl H. McNair, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army (Retired)

'This is worth a good read.a welcome and long overdue history of Army Aviation."
Joseph L. Galloway, senior military correspondent, Knight Ridder Newspapers and co-author, We Were Soldiers Once.and Young

Soldiers, scholars, and aviation enthusiasts alike can learn much from this comprehensive examination.. .successfully blends lively and insightful historical narrative with astute analysis. .unfailingly honest assessment of.contributions to our national defense.
Carol Reardon, Pennsylvania State University, author of LAUNCH THE INTRUDERS

.tightly written and focused.traces the aviation branch from its inception through two world wars, the loss of a major portion to the new Air Force, .up through its current role.. .required reading for anyone who desires to understand.Army aviation.
Darrel Whitcomb, author of The Rescue of Bat 21, and Combat Search and Rescue in Desert Storm

.tells the whole story concisely by addressing seven key themes. .crisp prose and well-chosen illustrations.. This old ground-pounder owes his life to.brave crews of Army birds.
Henry Gole, Ph.D./Colonel (ret.), author of Soldiering

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
3
Early Years through
10
1LT Herbert A Dargue and Curtiss Jenny in Mexico
14
Dangers of flying flight training and aggressive tactics
16
Bombing of the Ostfriedland
20
Lack of synchronization among ideas technology and needs
22
B17s approaching the Italian ocean liner Rex
27
World War IIstaggering challenges of expansion
28
Personnel changes in the 197080screation of
186
TRADOC Review of Army Aviation TROAA
193
Force restructuring for heavy combat
199
Antiarmor role of Aviation evolution of Deep Attack and advent
207
AH64 Apache with auxiliary fuel tank on the flight line in Afghanistan
213
Increasing demands for coordinationthe battlefield control
219
Preparing for air assault into Grenada
226
Special Operations Aviation SOA
229

Horse Can Do
32
Organizational responseplacing an Army aviator in the Pentagon
39
19451961Toward
45
Aviation manpower
51
Battle over helicopter procurement during Korea
59
H19 MEDEVAC helicopter and waiting ambulances in Korea
61
Effects of creating an Aviation Center
67
H34s in air assault exercise at Fort Benning
71
Hutton Vanderpool and experiments at Fort Rucker
73
Fort Benningstrong command support blending airtransported with
79
Branch questionconflicting visions among Army aviators
89
Arming Mohawk on the ramp in Vietnam
93
UH1 Hueys in air assault exercise at Fort Benning
94
Vietnamthe Army Transformed
95
H37 recovering H21 in Vietnam
104
The 11th Air Assault Division Test 196365
107
Afterthoughts
113
MEDEVAC flight in Vietnam
116
UH1 gunships over Vietnam
117
The Cobrabuying an offtheshelf OTS solution
119
AH1 Cobra in Vietnam
122
Crew Chief Jimmie Sanders 1st Cavalry Division with his OH6
126
Buildup 19661967
131
Door gunner with the 1st Cavalry Division
132
OH6 on a scouting mission
134
Support to special operations forces SOF
137
Basic organization of maintenance in Vietnam
143
Aviation as key part of logistical support in Vietnam
148
CH54 at Kontum firebase 1969
149
Troops ready to load Caribou in Operation Masher 1966
151
Training for Vietnam
154
1969Beyond Tet increasing and continuing dangers
160
1971Lam Son 719 and nearmidintensity conflict
164
Crew Chief pulling AH1 turret maintenance in snow at Fort Drum 1975
172
1970s Through Operation Desert
173
Development of aided night flyingnight vision goggles NVG
182
ODSCulmination of the PostVietnam experience and effort
236
Attack Aviation
243
Assessing TF Normandy
251
FLIR imagery from Apache gun camera in Task Force Normandy
252
Ceasefire and Conclusions
257
Postscript to ODS
263
2LT Sally Murphy at Fort Rucker 1974
273
Longbow Apache shipboard
274
1990s and Beyond
275
Army flying after ODS
284
Unusual missions providing civilian supportdinosaur rescues
288
Personnel changes
297
Noncommissioned officers NCO
306
NCO retention in the GWOT
309
UH60 door gunner wearing Air Warrior ALSE items
311
Organizationfrom capable affordable to Joint expeditionary force
315
Doctrine and training adjustments
329
Materielprolonged fieldings increasing sophistication
340
Comanche and Longbow Apache
345
Comanche in hindsight
349
Enhancing readiness by improving reliability availability
355
Field expedient air traffic control towerMogadishu
359
Small numbers
364
UH1 with the ALQ144 countermeasures on bottom of tail boom
368
The Battle of Mogadishu in hindsight
371
Crash site of CWO Mike Durants Super 64
372
AH64 Apache as force protection
375
AfghanistanOperation Enduring Freedom OEF
379
Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF
387
Calibrating and boresighting an Apache
390
OH58D Kiowa Warriors on the line in Iraq
401
Launching a Raven UAV in Iraq
402
PostscriptLooking forward
403
About the Author
423
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