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Thud Ridge: F-105 Thunderchief missions over Vietnam

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This is the story of a special breed of warrior, the fighter-bomber pilot; the story of valiant men who flew the F-105 Thunderchief ‘Thud’ Fighter-Bomber over the hostile skies of North Vietnam.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Crecy Publishing (first published 1969)
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Barry Urry
A great book describing the day to day life of a fighter pilot. It is also a no nonsense look at politicians' ignorant attempt to run a war, by imposing rules and regulations that effectively "tie" the soldier's hands behind his back, and force him to fight at an unfair disadvantage. After reading this book I lost all respect for people like Bill Moyers. He was very outspoken about the way that the Bush Administration ran a war, but, as Johnson's press secretary, what was he doing with Johnson, ...more
Dustin Gaughran
If you had to pick one guy to represent all Thunderchief pilots in both appearance and attitude, it's Jack Broughton. His honest, down to earth, no BS description of what it was like to fly the most dangerous missions in the most heavily defended area on earth at the time are spot on and priceless. You really get a feel for what it was like to be in the cockpit of one of these beasts, getting shot at by AAA, SAM's, and small arms, while flying in and out of foul weather in mountainous terrain. A ...more
Johnny
Normally, I wouldn’t be open to reading anything from the Vietnam Era. The Vietnam Conflict was a shameful period in U.S. history and not a policy that I supported. Yet, in spite of my misgivings about policy, I realized some years ago when I met Navy pilot and bestselling author Stephen Coonts that there were many courageous men who fought over there because they believed they were making the world a safer place. Thud Ridge is the autobiography of another pilot from another service. Jack Brough ...more
Tim Parnell
First of all it's important to say I really really wanted to love this book. I'd been looking forward to reading it.
Rather than the no-nonsense approach most reviews seem to claim, I so far find Jack Broughton's dialogue quite arrogant and dismissive of any one other than his immediate colleagues.
Maybe the read will improve, I certainly hope so.
George
The very tactical story of a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war. This story goes very well with the story of Robin Olds. The author, Jack Broughton, was a seasoned fighter pilot and was serving as the vice commander of the Air Force wing at Takhli, Thailand. Flying and fighting, it also contains several vignettes about other people who helped in the effort, the base civil engineer and the chaplain for example. Broughton also discusses the poignant stories of attacks on Hanoi and lost buddies-- ...more
Marc Baldwin
This book isn't exactly a "page-turner" (which is why I'm giving it three stars), but it's a first-hand account by a guy who was flying combat missions into North Vietnam on a regular basis. He flew with a tape recorder in the cockpit, so I'm assuming that his retelling of some of his most difficult missions is extremely accurate with lots of detail. I'm amazed by the bravery and perseverance of the fighter/bomber pilots during that war.

What I appreciated about the book is that he wrote it in 19
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Nick
Thud Ridge was an exercise in frustration. Not from the book itself by any means - Colonel Broughton's writing was clear and concise. The book itself is a grand adventure; a description of the horror, humor, heartache and exertion that American pilots put into the air war over Vietnam. The frustration comes from hindsight - in 2013, looking back on how Washington handled the Vietnam War, you get the same sense of helpless frustration that the troops in 1967 did. Limited at every turn while North ...more
Kate
A rather scathing indictment of the way a war is run, by an officer in the thick of fighting it. Not Iraq, but Vietnam. Lt. Col. Jack Broughton copyrighted his text in 1969, but it apparently wasn't published until 1985. Things that make you go hmm. Actually, reading this will make you go "shit, what the f**k were they thinking?" when you see how government 'planning' affects those trying to carry out the plan. That being said, this is a book born as much out of the anger and frustration at losi ...more
Scott Martin
A first person account of air operations in Vietnam, the book provided a more personal/lower-level perspective of what was a tough and confusing war for the men who fought it. Many things stated in here were not new to me and it is fascinating how somethings have remained the same in spite of a difference of almost 50 years. For anyone who wants to read some more first-person type accounts of Vietnam, this is a place you can start. Not a great fan of the writing style per se, but worth a read at ...more
Jonathan
Part memoir, part personal treatise on what the USAF needed to fix in '67. Two things help and make this book stand out, the fact it was written right after he finished his tour and the fact he carried a tape recorder to record and then listen to the radio chatter from the missions. Blunt, crisp, and effective writing, still stands the test all these years later.
Dave
Puts you in cockpit with Col Jack Broughton as he flies the F-105 Thunderchief into contested skies over North Vietnam. This groundbreaking book reveals the excitement and challenge of aerial warfare and the debilitating ROE and controversy of poltics and careerism as it affects modern day warriors. A must read!
Dennis
Excellent true story of the air war in Vietnam. Broughton took a small tape recorder along on his missions so we can almost feel the stress and tension of these men who flew over the most heavily defended piece of real estate in history.
Neueziel
Excellent book if you're into the subject matter. The best non-fiction account of pilots flying combat missions in Vietnam that I've read. Will probably bore anyone that doesn't care about military aviation.
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Insightful fighter pilot's view of the Vietnam war.
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