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Black Cat 2-1

The True Story of a Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and His Crew
By: Bob Ford
Narrated by: Bob Ford
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he served with who risked their lives for the troops on the ground. Bob Ford invites listeners into the Huey helicopters he flew on more than 1,000 missions when he and his men dared to protect and rescue. For those whose voices were silenced in that faraway place or who have never told their stories, he creates a tribute that plays like a thriller, captures the humor of men at war, and resounds with respect for those who served with honor.

©2015 Bob Ford (P)2018 Bob Ford

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"I'd do it all again ... and I'd do it for free."

I read this great book when it first came out. To hear the author tell his story in his words adds a new dimension. Excellent! Bob Ford takes the listener along to the furthermost aviation unit in Vietnam during the height of LBJ's escalation. In the middle of his tour is the Tet Offensive. He takes us from the Heartland in Oklahoma to 1967 Vietnam. Over a thousand missions! A thriller. No political commentary. No foul language. No gore. Climb into a UH-1 Huey with a young Lt. Ford and meet the crew of Black Cat 2-1. He brings the time, characters and locals to life. He honors Gerald L. McKinsey (Mac) and Dwight Dedrick and those who gave all. Despite the gravity of the situation - he finds levity along the way. The call to his beloved mother about whether he received the cookies she has been sending is priceless and illustrates how loved ones CANNOT come to terms with what's really going on. Each day Lt. Ford's focus was on the men on the ground - this is where his efforts could, and did - make a difference.

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awesome book and very good story!

I'm glad Bob narrated it. I see him and his wife picking up trash in okeene all the time

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I went to school with his nephew Joe from grade school on I never knew his uncle was a Hero. Excellent book I bought it because of a fellow Oklahoman but got a great book in the deal.

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Very entertaining

Very well written book ,this book gets your attention and makes it hard to put the book down for a rest

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awesome book always kept me want to come back

awesome kept me coming back for more the story narrator was great to listen to

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It was one of the best stories I have read.

I loved the story and could hear the feelings he felt for the men he had serviced with. At times I want to cry and many times I wanted to laugh which I did many times. I serviced in Germany during the cold war and have rode on Hueys many time they are the angels from heaven. their sound I will never forget. thank you, Capt. Bob (Boss) Ford for this amazing tell of what a True military men and women really service for.

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Good story but should of had someone else read the book

I’m a Vietnam Vet and have read several books about our involvement in the Vietnam conflict. Two of the other books were written by helicopter pilots.

I found myself struggling to understand the reader as he described his experiences.

I think Mr Ford would have been better served if he had someone else narrate the book

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