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Cobra-pilotti: taisteluhelikopterilentäjänä Vietnamissa

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Based on audiotapes he recorded during the war and sent home to his family, Randy Zahn’s Snake Pilot recounts his experiences flying AH-1 Cobra helicopters during the Vietnam War. First deployed in Vietnam in 1967 and loaded with a formidable arsenal of weaponry, the Cobra was the first helicopter designed from inception as an attack aircraft. It dramatically changed the n ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published 2009 by Koala (first published 2003)
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The beginning was likeable and interesting as the writer was not totally lacking the ability to write fluent and catching text.

But as in many fighting man memoirs the story started soon repeating itself. "The we went there and then we did that and then we came back..."
The criticism against the war and its reasons was surprisingly mild and was mainly aimed towards stupid commanding officers while the writer himself was infallible and clever. Keeping in mind that he was only 20 years old during t
Written in memoir/adventure novel/operational manual for Cobra helicopter format the book has many options for enjoyment or Vietnam curiosity. Many may read this as a anti-war book, I did not. With pages of operational complaints and superior officers incompetance along with the question that most ask from war which is "Why do my friends have die and for what"? I still got the impression that Warrant Officer Zahn enjoyed what he did. Along with the love of flying the lifelong bonding with total ...more
A visceral experience, reading the memoirs of an early Vietnam attack-helicopter pilot in combat against the most brutal excesses of the Vietcong, and the loss of warriors - well remembered in the memoirs of the pilot from his audio tapes sent home and held for decades - this is more visceral than most memoirs. Those which most warriors/pilots block out are unavoidable in this one since they come back in actual words from the moments they happened. 'Back from the dead' are memories of the past, ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Sotilasmestariksi ylenneen ja useamman kunniamerkin ansiokkaasta palveluksestaan saaneen Randy R. Zahnin muistelmateos ""Cobra-pilotti : taisteluhelikopterilentäjänä Vietnamissa"" (Koala, 2009) on mielenkiintoinen lisä suomeksi käännettyyn ilmailukirjallisuuteen, siillä vaihteeksi on mukavaa lukea muutakin kuin toista maailmansotaa käsitteleviä opuksia. Vietnamia kuvataan ihannoimatta ja kaunistelematta, mutta kuitenkaan moralisoimatta tai tuomitsematta, vaikka Zahn välillä kyseenalaistaakin nii ...more
Allen 'gramps'
The book covers about 3 years of Randy's life as he goes through flight school and then off to Viet Nam to fly Cobras for the 1st Cav. The book was well written, the language would be as expected which is the way the guys there spoke. Not over bearing but does get harsh at times, but I understand that, I was there too.
It was pretty good if you like AH-1 or Vietnam history. My only complaint is half the book consists of exact transcripts of tapes he sent home from Vietnam. While this is interesting, it gets old pretty fast when you realize all he does is complain.
Chip Dranbauer
great book I loved hearing how a bird I worked with.
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