A true, bestselling story from the battlefield that faithfully portrays the horror, the madness, and the trauma of the Vietnam War More than half. Chickenhawk has ratings and reviews. Larry said: Add this one to my long list of books about the American War in Vietnam. I am the right age to. Mar 28, The Paperback of the Chickenhawk by Robert Mason at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Mason piloted the famed Huey helicopters during his tour of duty, initially with the 1st Cav yes, he did participate in the Ia Drang Valley battle, popularly known through the We Were Soldiers movie.

This was an excellent book about a Huey pilot in Vietnam. Sep 03, Ugo Marsolais rated it really liked it Shelves: I agree that it is a simple, bare style but would argue that is what makes it so difficult and rewarding to read. Its very title, comes from chickenhawl I will never look at a Vet the same way.

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Refresh and try again. Mason did not tell anyone of his arrest, including his agent and his editor, until they finished the rest of the book and read the last page. When I was back at the camp, the army was in control of my destiny. In fact, the first section of the book is so vividly descriptive of the mechanics and procedures of military flight instruction that you finish it believing you could almost fly a helicopter yourself. It certainly didn’t shy away from describing the good, the bad and the very ugly, that’s for sure.

Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

Jun 12, Edward Truitt rated it it was amazing. Thus resulting in these twisted nervous awkward smiles which they know are not a normal response. I began my flying career in hueys, learning the trade from expereinced Vietnam era pilots. 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 big story is the war. Chickenhawk deals chronologically with Mason’s training and his experiences in, and immediately after, Vietnam. So reading this was like sitting on one of my old warrant officer’s knees as a young lieutenant.

Regardless of initial expectations, this is an excellent account of the nason of a “slick” transport helicopter pilot. Apparently you volunteer to be trained as a helicopter pilot so you are in this incredibly dangerous occupation by choice.

I will never l If you are interested in history, war or aviation, this book is a must. You can feel how agonizingly vulnerable a 2 minute engine start makes you, or how slow knots is compared to bullets. A real strength I believe the author captures brillently is the adrenaline rush that come from working, living, breathing on the edge.

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After his one-year tour of dutyMason became an instructor pilot at Fort Wolters, Texas. Leone sat down, grinning. I keep wavering between a 4 and 5 star read. Apr 03, Steven Z. The names of the characters. Dec chickenhwk, Gerhard Bartmann rated it it was amazing. A precise chronological depiction of life as a helicopter pilot leading up to and during the Vietnam war. What, for instance, made him choose an illegal solution to his roebrt, when other veterans and other poor people do not?

I kept waiting for the author to drop his somewhat cool tone and look deeply into his motivations and feelings. Without doubt being a helicopter enthusiast, or better yet, a fellow masn will help because of our appreciation of how risky mountain helicopter operations can be even without the gunfire. But as the days tumble by, you also begin to feel the toll of the accruing stress and strain, watching comrades and enemies dying, some by design and some by sheer happenstance.


I’ll remember passages of extreme violence and gore, and how common these eventually become. What I found most intriguing was how a regular guy who chose to fly in the army for a living began humbly enough, and then gets throw into the worst of the war instantly.

Mason has been criticized for being too technical. Now with a new afterword by the author and photographs taken by him during the conflict, this straight-from-the-shoulder account tells the electrifying truth about the helicopter war in Vietnam. Actor Harrison Ford is a helicopter pilot and says that other chopper jocks often tell him he should read Chickenhawk He captures in detail the everyday training, missions, conversations, action, frivolity and mun Chickenhawk is widely touted as one of the best accounts of the Vietnam War from the perspective of a soldier serving there.

Books by Robert Mason. He has a great eye for the successes and failures of chickehnawk new air assault tactics robeft they are developed and employed.

What worlds apart we were!! For other chickwnhawk, see Chickenhawk. While chiickenhawk was imprisoned, Chickenhawk had become a hardcover and paperback best-seller.