Low Level Hell: A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One
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Low Level Hell: A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The aeroscouts of the 1st Infantry Division had three words emblazoned on their unit patch: Low Level Hell. It was then and continues today as the perfect, concise definition of what these intrepid aviators experienced as they ranged the skies of Vietnam from the Cambodian border to the Iron Triangle. The Outcasts, as they were known, flew low and slow, aerial eyes of the...more
ebook, 332 pages
Published January 16th 2009 by Presidio Press (first published 1992)
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A visceral Vietnam helicopter pilot's story, but from a rarer perspective. Not a 'slick' pilot almost helplesslessy dropping soldiers in, or the more helpless 'dustoff' crews who'd liftout the wounded out of hotter areas, this book extolls the virtues of the 'hunter killer' and straight -'scout' teams in their dimunitive helicopters who would locate the enemy - meeting their fire - and direct the other resources to them. The scouts suffered devastating losses outlined in the book in the process....more
Michael Flanagan
WOW is the first word that pops into my head when I think about this book. Low Level Hell is one hell of a roller coaster ride, following the exploits of a American scout helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war. Before reading this book I had no prior knowledge of the role of helicopter scout pilots, now I am in awe of the sheer madness of these pilots. The two authors combine to bring the excitement and the tragedy of young men fighting in war. From hair raising balls to the wall fire fights to...more
I thought it was a Great Helicopter Book to read about the HUGHES OH-6A Cayuse Helicopter! How LT.Hugh L.Mills Jr.became a Scout Pilot in the VIETNAM WAR! How the HUGHES OH-6A Cayuse brought him home from a Mission! HOWARD HUGHES team build a GREAT LITTLE,and SAFE Helicopter for Pilots to crash,and walk away! The MD Helicopters took over for today! I have read this Book thou three times,and it's still good to read ever time for me.......Bennie R.Mabe
Walt Murray
This is the true story of Viet Nam scout helicopter pilots. It gave me a new appreciation for what my dad and thousands of other helo pilots went through in Viet Nam. It is history told in a entertaining and at times humorous style.
Dan Moore
Apr 24, 2008 Dan Moore rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Military buffs
As a helicopter pilot (civillian) I have a deep appreciation for the flying that these boys suddenly becoming men did. Just the flying is enough to earn hero status. To read about all they did as flyers puts them over the top.
Brilliant! A damned good account of a spotter helicopter pilot's action over Vietnam. Can't recommend this highly enough if you're into war memoirs. It's right up there with Chickenhawk, which is high praise indeed.
Nathanael Keeler
I could not put this down. A fascinating tale told so calmly yet describing horrors I can not imagine. Reinforced the futility of war and at the same time the need to keep fighting for your mates around you.
One of the best book about helicoper pilots. And a damn'd good book. I felt as I was asaid of the pilot, or with the gunner "in the back" or with downed crews or soldiers on the ground.

Just great
Michael Hilton
Gripping birds eye view of a 20 year olds vision of war from 20ft off the ground.
Relevant for me, probably not interesting to those who do not have a connection
the book is okay so far
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