Flying from the Black Hole by Robert O. Harder audiobook

Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam

By Robert O. Harder
Read by Bob Souer

Tantor Audio 9781591143864
9.83 Hours 1
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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Combining his technical savvy with a brand of humor that is distinctively Air Force, Harder gives the layman a good primer on the navigator’s role before showing how he and his colleagues put it to wartime practice. As such, Flying from the Black Hole earns a place in any Vietnam or US Air Force scholar’s library.” Vietnam Magazine

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Author Bio: Robert O. Harder

Author Bio: Robert O. Harder

Robert O. Harder was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and Strategic Air Command “Cold War” B-52D aircrewman with 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War. A rated navigator and radar bombardier, he also flew nuclear training sorties and stood Pad Alert.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English