Chickenhawk by Robert Mason, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This is Robert Mason’s astounding personal story of men at war. A veteran of more than one thousand combat missions, Mason gives staggering descriptions . Chickenhawk [Robert Mason] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror .

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I had never heard of a gook or a slope-head or a slant-eye or a dink who did anything but eat rice and shit and fight unending wars. The field became a complicated dance of whirling rotor blades, swinging fuselages, and swirling mist.

I guess I never truly understood how brutal this war was. I’m sure the technical details of flying the helicopter will chickenahwk remain with him.

It masn the story of Army helicopter pilot Robert Mason and his life and experiences beginning in from trainee following through in detail his time of service in the Vietnam War and period afterwards. Mostly an accurate depiction of what I heard as a series of ‘and there I was’ stories, in one book.

I am the right age to have been drafted for that war, but was not due to a variety of deferments and a high lottery number. Mason provides an excellent description of how he learned how to fly helicopters. See 2 questions about Chickenhawk…. I lurched back on the controls, but that was not what saved us from the midair collision. I began my flying career in hueys, learning the trade from expereinced Vietnam era pilots.


A great book about a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Moore several months ago. See all 11 reviews. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Review Text “It will stun readers” show more. Feb 24, Athan Tolis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robert Mason writes about his experience of the brutality of a war he fought when he was young.

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War is not the answer. From a solider’s point of view straight up including lots of little details from the descriptio After an inital slow start I became thoroughly engrossed in this book.

The best non fiction on Vietnam that I have read to date. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.


Apr 11, Dustin rated it really liked it. I had long wondered what it was like for those who were in Vietnam and this account, by Robert Mason, a helicopter pilot, gives us a good look at the conditions which the troops over there had to work under, as well as the author’s questioning of why they were there and how to tell chickenhawj from foe.

Mason acknowledges how important this is to the farmer of Vietnam. What worlds apart we were!! Oct 29, Jolene Tan rated it it was amazing. A year of flying into hot landing zones must’ve gotten old quick. You have to live adventure to know it chickenhask like that – to capture the insanity, adrenaline, nerves, sorrow, and hilarity of the whole nightmarish rollercoaster of highs and lows. He wrote steadily submitting each third of the manuscript on time.


It was only a matter of time. View all 7 comments. I read this book years ago, this copy I bought for a friend who is a Viet Vet so he will be able to relate to it and what went on in country, I loved it thats why I recommended it. The intelligence and awareness necessary to master flying a helicopter, much less under combat circumstances, is daunting chickenhakw terrifying. The elite special operations chopper unit Night Stalker’s pilots i. I was two years younger than Robert Mason and during the time he was flying missions I was in my second and third year of college.

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The troops on the ground undoubtedly had it far worse than the helicopter pilots did and the accounts of bodies piled up or soldiers missing limbs, was a constant refrain. Initially it went over my head and I kind of skimmed through it. Thank you Bob Mason!

A wild adventure full of mistakes, close calls, humorous anecdotes, lost friends, and miraculous survival.