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Much Ado About Nothing

I'd say that's pretty much the take of Ed Rasimus concerning The Pledge of Allegiance. Ed's a former Air Force fighter pilot during Vietnam and author of When Thunder Rolled, a combat memoir. I digress, but I'm gonna have to get hold of that book: Riveting stories of aerial combat over Vietnam and candid commentary on the doomed Rolling Thunder campaign Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber, hurtling through the MiG-filled skies over North Vietnam, and then fast and low into the teeth of the enemy’s ferocious air defenses—with less than a 50-50 chance of surviving. The most engaging writing ever published about the Rolling Thunder campaign and the war in the North, When Thunder Rolled balances fist-gnawing action with the horror and sorrow of modern aerial combat. More than 300 F-105s were lost in the campaign because the Air Force brought the wrong strategy, disastrous tactics, and an ill-suited aircraft. A Cold War nuke sled, the Thunderchief was as much the pilots’ enemy as the North Vietnamese and LBJ’s war planners. Rasimus spares none of the outrage he experienced 35 years ago in this astute, surgical strike on Washington’s deadly arrogance and...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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