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