The A-1 Skyraider in Vietnam: The Spads Last War

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Dec 24, Erik rated it it was amazing. This book is a just what every aviation enthusiast should have on their book shelves if they have any interests at all in Vietnam and the air war fought there.

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Mutza provides a detail heavy account of the A-1 Skyraider with many outstanding photographs, showing weapon loadouts, unusual ordnance, and aircraft marking necessary for the model aircraft builder types. The book itself is another high quality production from Schiffer Military History, done on heavy paper which is such a pleasure to rea This book is a just what every aviation enthusiast should have on their book shelves if they have any interests at all in Vietnam and the air war fought there.

The book itself is another high quality production from Schiffer Military History, done on heavy paper which is such a pleasure to read from. Their production efforts have always been top notch for me. The author writes very well, capturing some of the danger and daring required by pilots of this plane when performing the countless missions over the jungles of Vietnam. You feel a bond forming as you read along, and start to develop a great sense of pride and admiration for the men who served flying the Spad.

Mutza educates the reader of the history and development of the A-1, but really highlights the pilots which was a real positive experience for me. It was just technical enough to leave me feeling schooled, but not so much as to bore you. Simply perfect.

How the low, slow A-1 Skyraider earned its place in the hearts of US troops in Vietnam

I don't give many 5 Star reviews, but this book truly deserved it. Very satisfying and enlightening. View all 3 comments. Mar 15, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: cold-war. Many pictures, many first hand accounts throughout. A full chapter is also devoted to the armaments it carried, which I found to be very interesting.

Mar 12, Randall Cook rated it it was amazing.

Very informative general overview of the various incarnations, armaments, and combat records of the Skyraider aircraft. Renee Hodges rated it really liked it Dec 30, Sid rated it really liked it Aug 09, Patrick rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Joseph Torres marked it as to-read Apr 03, Magnus marked it as to-read Jun 26, Nathan Byrd marked it as to-read Jan 29, MTNWishlist added it Jun 23, Tony Cribbs marked it as to-read Jan 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

About Wayne Mutza.

The A-1 Skyraider in Vietnam: The Spad’s Last War

Wayne Mutza. Eventually 3, Skyraiders in several configurations were built. They served in the U. In a time when jet-powered aircraft took over the attack duties, the piston-engine Skyraider seemed like a throwback to an earlier age of military aviation. Power was provided by the Wright R Duplex-Cyclone radial engine, one of the most powerful radial engines produced in the United States at that time. It featured 18 cylinders in a twin-row configuration and was supercharged for improved performance. The Skyraider was not designed to be a dogfighter, so air-to-air combat was rare.

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Tom Patton shot down a MiG over Vietnam. This victory was an unusual instance where a propeller-driven airplane prevailed over a modern jet-powered fighter. On April 25, , the Intrepid Museum aircraft restoration team proudly rolled the Skyraider out after a nearly two-year preservation treatment.

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