Casemate is very excited to announce the arrival of Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller’s Gunsight View of Flying with SOG!
This is the story of how, in Vietnam, an elite group of Air Force pilots fought a secret air war in Cessna 0-2 and OV-10 Bronco prop planes—flying as low as they could get. The eyes and ears of the fast-moving jets who rained death and destruction down on enemy positions, the Forward Air Controller made an art form out of an air strike—knowing the targets, knowing where friendly troops were, and reacting with split-second, life and death decisions as a battle unfolded.
Originally published in 1991, Da Nang Diary is ripe with additional color photos and revisions to text that are sure to make this book a hit. The book unfolds as specific techniques, perspectives and the intensity of each mission are revealed. From the rescuing of downed pilots to taking out enemy positions, to the most harrowing extended missions directly overhead of the NVA, here is the dedication, courage and skill of the fliers who took the war into the enemy’s backyard. It is as if reader flies in the cockpit alongside the author in his adrenaline-pumping chronicle of heroism, danger and wartime brotherhood.
The author, Colonel Tom Yarborough, USAF (ret.), served in the Air Force for thirty years in a variety of flying and staff assignments. A command pilot, during his two Vietnam tours as a forward air controller; he earned thirty combat decorations, including the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Do not forget to pick up a copy of the gripping and entertaining Da Nang Diary: A Forward Air Controller’s Gunsight View of Flying with SOG today!