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Charlie Chasers: History of USAF AC-119

Charlie Chasers: History of USAF AC-119 [Kindle版]

Larry Elton Fletcher

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Charlie Chasers tells the amazing story of the AC-119 Shadow gunships and their crews who wreaked havoc on the enemy during the Vietnam War. The fixed-wing aircraft provided close fire support of U.S. and friendly troops with the ability to fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute and deliver it with deadly accuracy. Ground troops came to rely on the AC-119 as dependable aerial defenders of fire support bases, air bases, Special Forces camps, villages, hamlets, and remote outposts.The author, former United States Air Force Captain, Dr. Larry Elton Fletcher, flew 177 combat missions as a pilot in AC-119 Shadow gunships during his tour of duty in Vietnam with the 17th Special Operations Squadron and received numerous medals for his valor.


  • フォーマット: Kindle版
  • ファイルサイズ: 2495 KB
  • 紙の本の長さ: 300 ページ
  • 出版社: Hellgate Press (2013/10/1)
  • 販売: Amazon Services International, Inc.
  • 言語: 英語
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Amazon.com: 5つ星のうち 4.1  12 件のカスタマーレビュー
11 人中、10人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Vietnam and South East Asia GUNSHIPS 2013/10/11
投稿者 K. Schneider - (Amazon.com)
What an outstanding book on the "middle child" of American GUNSHIPS. Everyone has heard or Spooky the AC-47's (as seen in John Wayne's Green Beret movie). Or the AC-130 Spectre which is all over TV and present day books. This book deal with the little know AC-119 Shadow. The author takes great pains in producing an outstanding account of the history behind this outclassed outmoded aircraft. From the being to end it is chock full of information , specification, history and first person accounts. I read in kinlde the day it was released. It an excellent book.
5 人中、5人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Living History of Life in a Gunship 2013/11/25
投稿者 Richard A. Lemen - (Amazon.com)
Author and former Air Force Captain Larry Fletcher makes you feel you are in the left hand seat flying a behemoth gunship above the green lush jungle when the radio blares “Corpsman, corpsman, heavy mortar and rocket fire”. You realize if you don’t act quickly and precisely “Charlie”, the North Vietnamese soldiers, will continue to kill and keep killing “Corpsman”, the call sign for the U.S. ground troops. You get coordinates and maneuver the AC-119 gunship into a circle over Charlie, then you pound him with 6,000 rounds per minute from each of your four portside miniguns and now you’re “Chasing Charlie”. Charlie soon learns you don’t mess with the “Shadow”, because as Lamont Cranston known as The Shadow in the 1930s movies always said “The Shadow knows” and this behemoth-killing machine, known as “The Shadow Gunship”, indeed knows he can and will chase Charlie away. “Charlie Chasers” takes you on a wild and historic ride, as if you were there, through the Vietnam War telling you a part of its history, little known to most of us. “Charlie Chasers” played a sentinel role in the conduct of the Vietnam War but were a well-hidden asset unknown to many of us, but to Charlie, the Viet Cong, they were one of his biggest fears.

Dr. Fletcher presents a well-written and researched account of the history of the USAF AC-119 “Shadow” gunships and the men who flew on them during their daily 5-hour missions into areas few students of the Vietnam War knew they ventured. As a Shadow pilot, former Air Force Captain Larry Fletcher gives the reader an eyewitness account from the cockpit and follows the gunship crews as they go about their daily chores of chasing Charlie to protect ground troops fighting for the “Republic of Vietnam”. “Charlie Chasers” is a thrilling account of what war was like flying in an American gunship under deadly enemy fire in wily weather conditions. It is a worthy read and an unforgettable account of the AC-119 Gunships in the Vietnam War.
2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Excellent Book 2014/3/4
投稿者 Jeff Fozard, CW4, USA(Ret) - (Amazon.com)
With three years In-Country as an Army Air Traffic Controller/Door Gunner, I've heard the callsigns of Spooky, Puff, Shadow, Stinger and Specter. I even have three separate night missions on the Spooky gunship down in the Delta flying out of Binh Thuy. They had me setting the timers on the flares and doing the kicking out the cargo door. It was three missions I'll never forget.

Trouble is, I've never seen any action of the Shadow, Stinger or Specter guns. I've heard the callsigns at all the bases I worked. This book really put you in there. You are in the cockpit, at the NOS and at the guns working your target. Brings you up close as the FAC gives you a target or your NOS hands one over to you. Gives you some insight on their down time too. We all had to relax sometime.

This is an excellent read for both the military and non-military reader. They are the guys you never knew. If you were on the ground, they were only a callsign that you heard, but never saw the bird. When you heard them flying overhead, the only thing you saw was the stream of tracers coming out of the black night to the bad guys who were trying to kill you on the ground. These are the guys who saved your butt when you needed it.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Good information on a Vietnam system that has received very little notice 2014/7/19
投稿者 Norm@Jackson - (Amazon.com)
There have been a number of books written about gunship operations, but never specifically on the AC-119 series. This was a good book for an overview, a bit repetitious at times, but a lot of good information that I had not read before.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Great Book 2014/2/24
投稿者 Joe Sullivan - (Amazon.com)
This is a great book to read about the war in Cambodia and what the Shadow Gunships were able to do.
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