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Flying from the Black Hole

The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored under the shadow of pilots - their contributions undervalued, misunderstood, or simply unknown to the general public. This was especially the case with the non-pilot officer aircrew in the Vietnam and Cold War-era B-52 Stratofortress.

Of the six people who operated the bomber, three wore navigator wings - two of those men were also bombardiers, the other an electronic warfare officer. Without the navigator-bombardiers in particular, executing the nuclear war strike plan or flying Southeast Asian conventional bombing sorties would have been impossible.

This book reveals who these men were and what they did down in the "Black Hole", a story told by one of their own.

©2009 United States Naval Institute (P)2018 Tantor

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Exceptional story, well written!

The author puts you right there in the ejection seat! He covers all the boring out of your mind sequences with light humor and the terrifying instances with simulated pucker factor! This is one of the best I've read lately! As for the narrator, exceptional! Brilliantly incorporates the authors sarcasm!

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loved it,

great storyteller, if you like aviation and military history you will too
about the greatest bomber ever created