To The Limit

To The Limit (2007) by Tom Johnson is a rip-roaring account of flying UH-1 Hueys in Vietnam for the US Army’s first Cavalry Division.
The book is about Johnson’s arrival as a 19 year old and learning to fly helicopters and his tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot.
The remarkable danger that the pilots were in over Vietnam is brought to life in the book. Flying in and out of hostile territory in fragile machines is really incredible.
The book shows the usual remarkable disregard for the right of other people to defend themselves in their own country and a lack of questioning of the wisdom of military adventurism but it is nonetheless an incredible story. It’s hard not to feel the tension when the Johnson is describing getting his helicopter in and out of places and almost running out of power while being shot at.


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