Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail

Bury Us Upside Down The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail They had the most dangerous job n the Air Force Now Bury Us Upside Down reveals the never before told story of the Vietnam War s top secret jet fighter outfit an all volunteer unit composed of truly e

  • Title: Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Author: Rick Newman Don Shepperd
  • ISBN: 9780345465382
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • They had the most dangerous job n the Air Force Now Bury Us Upside Down reveals the never before told story of the Vietnam War s top secret jet fighter outfit an all volunteer unit composed of truly extraordinary men who flew missions from which heroes are made.In today s wars, computers, targeting pods, lasers, and precision guided bombs help FAC forward air controller They had the most dangerous job n the Air Force Now Bury Us Upside Down reveals the never before told story of the Vietnam War s top secret jet fighter outfit an all volunteer unit composed of truly extraordinary men who flew missions from which heroes are made.In today s wars, computers, targeting pods, lasers, and precision guided bombs help FAC forward air controller pilots identify and destroy targets from safe distances But in the search for enemy traffic on the elusive Ho Chi Minh Trail, always risking enemy fire, capture, and death, pilots had to drop low enough to glimpse the telltale signs of movement such as suspicious dust on treetops or disappearing tire marks on a dirt road indicating a hidden truck park Written by an accomplished journalist and veteran, Bury Us Upside Down is the stunning story of these brave Americans, the men who flew in the covert Operation Commando Sabre or Misty the most innovative air operation of the war.In missions that lasted for hours, the pilots of Misty flew zigzag patterns searching for enemy troops, vehicles, and weapons, without benefit of night vision goggles, infrared devices, or other now common sensors What they gained in exhilarating autonomy also cost them of 157 pilots, 34 were shot down, 3 captured, and 7 killed Here is a firsthand account of courage and technical mastery under fire Here, too, is a tale of forbearance and loss, including the experience of the family of a missing Misty flier Howard K Williams as they learn, after twenty three years, that his remains have been found.Now that bombs are smart and remote sensors are even smarter, the missions that the Mistys flew would now be considered no less than suicidal Bury Us Upside Down reminds us that for some, such dangers simply came with the territory.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Actual rating: 4.5 stars.This is an outstanding history of the Misty FAC (forward air controller) squadron and its pilots during the Vietnam war, a legendary unit active for just three years, from 1967 to 1970. I've been reading up on the air war in Vietnam. When I went through USAF pilot training in 1973-74, my instructors were pilots who had flown in Vietnam. Some were River Rats, some were former Raven FACs, some had been Wild Weasels, some were returned POWs. During my subsequent flying care [...]

    2. This was one of the best books I ever read. The authors conveyed their feelings of courageousness, fighter-jock bravado and vulnerablity as they flew risky missions, survived, and left friends behind after unsuccessful rescues. Dick Rutan gave us an insight to being a Misty when we met him in 2009. He was the keynote speaker at the final National Biplane Convention in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. We talked with him after the opening ceremonies, and he told us stories for at least an hour and explaine [...]

    3. An all around fantastic read about F-100 pilots during the Vietnam war. Reads like a series of war stories that old pilots would sit around telling each other and anyone else who would bother to listen. I was also fascinated by the MIA/POW sagas and appreciated the attention the author spent on the families of the missing pilots and everything they went through after their loved ones disappeared. A tiny bit repetitive towards the end, but overall a must read for anyone interested in military avi [...]

    4. Really excellent book on the Misty's - the secret patrol of Forward Air Control pilots who flew the F-100 Super Sabre in North Vietnam. These dudes had cajones.

    5. Bury Us Upside Down is a strong narrative look into the minds of some of the most exceptional fighter pilots of the Vietnam War, and the daring and loyalty that had them fly into some of the most dangerous air space in the world. Structured around the saga of MIA pilot Howard K. Williams, and his family and featuring cameos by Dick Rutan (yes, that Dick Rutan), this is a moving history. Flying in two-seat F-100F SuperSabres armed with cannons and smoke rockets, the Misties were fast FACs, forwar [...]

    6. The FastFAC warAs Marine pilot that flew the same missions that the Misty's flew over the trail in Laos in the March 1969 to Dec 1969, I found the reading bringing back memories long forgotten. We exchanged pilots with the Misty's and also partied with the Stormy's in Da Bang. I also experienced getting hit at a very bad spot on the trail, my engine stayed running and got me into a safe area before we had to eject. I know this is a report on the Misty's but I felt that there could have been a li [...]

    7. The "Misty's" were some of the most interesting and skilled jet jocks working in and out of the North. The Misty's had some seriously elephant sized testicles. The only group of guys crazier is maybe the SAM hunters in the F and G model F-105's. This book is an absolutely entertaining good read. I also recommend "Misty" by Maj. General Don Shepard, though I haven't been able to locate it on yet.

    8. This is an awsome book dealing with one of those secret parts of the Viet Nam conflict. What made this book so wonderful for me is that the beginning of the book talks about my cousin, Howard Keith Williams. I remember when he became and MIA and then many years later when his remain were located and sent back for burial.

    9. Outstanding narrative of the contributions of some of the most highly decorated airmen of the war over Southeast Asia in a secret, heroic, and frustrating effort known and celebrated mostly by those who served and sacrificed in the vain hope of freeing the Vietnamese from oppression.

    10. A great book about Forward Air Controllers flying the F-100 super Sabres. A book about a little known aspect of the air war in Vietnam in which even the most seasoned military history readers will find new nuggets of information.

    11. Keith was my grandfather's best friend. I grew up hearing stories of this amazing man and this book brought to life him and all of these amazing men and their stories. I absolutely loved it!

    12. Good account of an operation that I knew about in name only. Tell about the highs and lows that the pilots and crews went through.

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