• Flying from the Black Hole

  • The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam
  • By: Robert O. Harder
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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B52, a history relearned

Wow, the descriptions of this amazing airplane are so real that you feel like you are part of the crew. From it's inception and concept of design to where and how this airplane is currently staged. How vital a role this airplane was to ending of the Vietnam war, to the Cold war and the nuclear programs that proliferated after 1973. If you like learning history from the people who participated in the real events then this audio book is a great place to begin.

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Good Story but Bad Narration

I really enjoyed the story but couldn't stand the narrator spelling out the acronym for the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In the military, we don't usually spell out acronyms, so SAC is pronounced "sack", not S-A-C. Given the number of times the acronym comes up in the book, its especially grating to hear it spelled out. Other than that, I enjoyed the book!

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loved it,

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