The Phantom Vietnam War

David R. "Buff" Honodel was a cocky young man with an inflated self-image when he arrived in 1969 at his base in Udorn, Thailand.

The Phantom Vietnam War

The Phantom Vietnam War

David R. "Buff" Honodel was a cocky young man with an inflated self-image when he arrived in 1969 at his base in Udorn, Thailand. His war was not in Vietnam; it was a secret one in the skies of a neighboring country almost unknown in America, attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail that fed soldiers and supplies from North Vietnam into the South. Stateside he learned the art of flying the F-4, but in combat, the bomb-loaded fighter handled differently, targets shot back, and people suffered. Inert training ordnance was replaced by lethal weapons. In the air, a routine day mission turned into an unexpected duel with a deadly adversary. Complacency during a long night mission escorting a gunship almost led to death. A best friend died just before New Year's. A RF-4 crashed into the base late in Buff's tour of duty. The reader will experience Buff's war from the cockpit of a supersonic F-4D Phantom II, doing 5-G pullouts after dropping six 500-pound bombs on trucks hidden beneath triple jungle canopy. These were well defended by a skillful, elusive, determined enemy firing back with 37mm anti-aircraft fire and tracers in the sky. The man who left the States was a naíve, self-centered young pilot. The man who came back 137 missions later was much different.

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The Phantom Vietnam War
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: David R. Honodel
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-15 - Publisher: North Texas Military Biography

David R. "Buff" Honodel was a cocky young man with an inflated self-image when he arrived in 1969 at his base in Udorn, Thailand. His war was not in Vietnam; it was a secret one in the skies of a neighboring country almost unknown in America, attacking the Ho Chi
Phantom in Combat
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Walter J. Boyne
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1985 - Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press

Traces the development of the F-4 Phantom fighter plane, looks at how it has performed in battles in Vietnam and the Middle East, and looks at combat tactics and special weapons
Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Farzad Bishop, Tom Cooper
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Different versions of the jet have provided the backbone of the frontline strength of the Iranian air force since the 1970s, and whole generations of Iranian pilots and ground personnel have been trained to fly and maintain them. Indeed, the type bore the brunt of active combat operations during the
US Navy F-4 Phantom II Units of the Vietnam War 1969-73
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Peter E. Davies
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-31 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Although the F-4 Phantom II was the most important fighter-bomber to see action with all three American services during the Vietnam War, it was essentially a U.S. Navy design, and the carrier-borne squadron crews were its main operators in combat. The aircraft pioneered the use of long-range, radar-guided missiles in
USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Language: en
Pages: 64
Authors: Peter E. Davies
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

In many respects the most successful, versatile and widely-used combat aircraft of the post-war era the F-4 Phantom II was quickly adopted by the USAF after its spectacular US Navy introduction. Its introduction to USAF squadrons happened just in time for the Vietnam conflict where USAF F-4Cs took over MiG-fighting

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