Along for the Ride

Navigating Through the Cold War, Vietnam, Laos & More

Henry Zeybel

Air Force veteran and novelist Hank Zeybel takes us along for the ride in this memoir of his sorties in Vietnam and beyond.
Publication date:
November 2021
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240381

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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Overview
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• Vivid descriptions of flying Spectre missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail
• Author describes what it's like to command and lead a squadron after a lifetime spent resisting authority
• Author flew hundreds of hours in C-130s and AC-130s in Vietnam

During Hank Zeybel's first tour in Vietnam he flew 772 C130 sorties as a navigator. He volunteered for a second tour, requesting assignment to B26s so he could "shoot back." When B26s were removed from the inventory, he accepted a Spectre gunship crew slot, flying truck-busting missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He describes the terror of flying through heavy AA fire over the trail, and the heroics of the pilots in bringing their crews through.

Away from the war he recalls leave back in the US, his elderly father bewildered by his war-hardened attitude and black sense of humor. Contextualising his time with Spectre gunships, he compares his experiences with those of other airmen, like Phil Combies and Robin Olds, and his broader Air Force career - he joined upon graduating university in 1955 and his first operational assignment was as a B47 Stratojet navigator-bomber at Strategic Air Command - trained to drop thermonuclear bombs with precision. From 1957 to 1963, he logged over two thousand hours as a radar-bombardier in B47 Stratojets and B52 C-models. In this memoir of Vietnam, his Air Force career and his second career as a journalist and writer, Zeybel's admiration of the skill and bravery of pilots - many of whom who he depended on for his very survival - shines through his desciptions of combat missions and being "along for the ride."