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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
Author Durant, Michael J. Physical Description xv, p. Army -- Commando troops -- History. Special Operations Aviation Regiment, th -- History. Special operations Military science -- United States -- History. Special operations Military science -- United States -- Histiory. Military helicopters -- United States.
Summary "In his first book, Michael Durant told his harrowing tale of being shot down in his Blackhawk over Mogadishu and being held captive by a Somali warlord. To understand the book more it would have been simpler to read it more at one time then to read it every so often.
Because if you would have forgotten a character you might have to turn back the page and read from where you left off. Finally I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military stories and anyone who has an interest in joining the military. I say this, because it showed me kinda the dark side of the military Never before has a heard a story of how someone lost their left thumb or how the felt the metal of their helicopter being ripped as they were flying it.
To conclude this novel was a great one and I would read anything similar to it. Just to maybe get a different way of reading the story then how it was setup in this one. Mar 01, Sal Bo rated it it was amazing. That led to disaster in , when the failed Iranian hostage rescue left hulks of five helicopters in the Iranian desert. Army decided to do it right the next time, resulting in the creation of SOAR, the Special Operations Aviation Regiment, a highly trained, aggressive unit of helicopter pilots and crew. However, in this account, bravery occurs only on our side, while opponents are gleefully cackling comic-book villains blown to smithereens by America's deadly firepower.
Readers who wonder why our magnificent troops are assailing, say, the Panamanian army, which no one would mistake for the Wehrmacht, have picked up the wrong book. It's written for those who love vivid tales of battlefield heroics and seek no more insight from books than they do from video games.
th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) - Wikipedia
Three authors, all army veterans, join forces for this history of their service's Special Aviation Regiment. Founded in the s, the unit received a boost from the Iran hostage fiasco. It first went to war in Grenada in and since then has flown, usually by night, hence the name Night Stalkers, everywhere army special-ops troops have needed to be delivered and supported.
Durant and coauthor Robert L. Johnson are veterans of the regiment itself, so they can retell, vividly but discreetly, what it feels like to go into action against what are frequently blood-chilling odds. Sometimes the Stalkers use state-of-the-art stealth helicopters, in whose development the regiment played a significant role; at other times, they use more conventional "birds" and rely on darkness and skill. The book's action scenes are numerous and spine-tingling, its portraits of men living a life of danger absorbing, and the regiment's sadly long roll of honor distinctly moving.
Feb 05, Stacy rated it liked it Shelves: While I enjoyed each of the stories within this book, I found the overall format a little jarring. Since each chapter was about a completely different op or group of people, each chapter was like starting a whole new book. In addition, within each chapter, the story would jump from one group of people to another. This all made it somewhat difficult to get into the flow of each story and to get to know or feel for the individuals. However, it was still worth reading to learn the amazing skill and While I enjoyed each of the stories within this book, I found the overall format a little jarring.
However, it was still worth reading to learn the amazing skill and heroics of these individuals. In particular, I really enjoyed the chapter on the guys who set up all the logistics and servicing fuel, ammo, rockets, etc. This was a new and educational section that really makes you appreciate all the effort that goes into any spec op.
I also found the information on the medical rescue support really interesting, particularly as a mission trainer myself for space operations. Jan 06, Fabio Laporta rated it it was amazing Shelves: This group of Special Pilots used to not be very well known but in the last few years they and their missions started to be famous and they officially became super stars after the recent raid against Osama Bin Laden. The Night Stalkers deserve a book like this one, a really outstanding biography of what they had done in the past. The author starts from the creation of the SOARa in the s and he goes all the way to , describing conflicts like Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Readers will figure out missions and actions that they have never heard of before and they will be amazed by the courage, the dedication and the patriotism of this helicopter pilot and crew. I highly recommend this book to everybody no matter if you are into military history or not.
There are some really great lessons about leadership and dedication that everybody can learn from in this book. Risk all, press on Night Stalkers don't quit" May 12, Scottsdale Public Library added it Shelves: Readers will be awed by the courage and the dedication of this team of highly trained helicopter pilots and crew. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in US military history and military aviation.
Aug 12, Roger Burk rated it really liked it. The th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Airborne , AKA Night Stalkers, is is an Army helicopter unit specializing in long-distance and low-altitude flight, covert operations, raids, infiltrations and exfiltrations, and so forth. This book is a breathless, worshipful, admiring account of the unit from their creation as a temporary covert task force in the aftermath of the failed Iranian hostage rescue in , through Grenada, Panama, the Iran-Iraq War, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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Mis The th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Airborne , AKA Night Stalkers, is is an Army helicopter unit specializing in long-distance and low-altitude flight, covert operations, raids, infiltrations and exfiltrations, and so forth. Missions are never "carried out," they only "go down. These soldiers are indeed worthy of admiration for their skill, bravery, and devotion to duty. The book gives a good appreciation of what it's like to fly with them.
Mar 23, Stephen Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: The story of Task Force or as they call themselves the Night Stalkers. This is the squadron of US Army Aviators that fly the helicopters that carry Special Forces into their missions around the world. The book goes through a history of the creation of the Task Force and then recounts some stories of some of their pilots and crew through various missions. In fact one of the authors of the book Mike Durant was shot down on the same mission and captured.
He was later released but the book does not cover his side of the story at all. If you are interested in military history and particularly the special forces Seals. Delta, Rangers this book is about the men who risk their lives to get those operators into where they are needed.
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Mar 03, Dustin rated it really liked it. This was another great military aviation collection. If I have any gripe, it's that I know there are probably hundreds more stories involving the Night Stalkers, and the missions they participated in. Given the nature of their job, though, it's obvious that those stories may be told years later, if at all.
I was grateful that the stories that were able to be told were published. I love reading about the single minded dedication of the pilots and soldiers. Especially when it involves the crazier This was another great military aviation collection. Especially when it involves the crazier side of military operations. Again, I know it's a niche category, but for those of you that are a part of that niche, you need to read this book. Sep 10, Craig rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a fantastic book about the creation of the elite military helicopter pilots that work with special forces ground crews.
The stories are amazing. Each story is recounted with detail; yet remaining distant enough to avoid being gruesome. The book is filled with detailed stories from people who were clearly there.