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Flying from the Black Hole By Robert O. Harder

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Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam by Robert O. Harder

U.S. Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long laboured under the shadow of pilots, their contributions misunderstood or simply unknown to the public. This was especially the case with the B-52 non-pilot officer aircrews in the Vietnam War. Yet without them it would have been impossible to execute nuclear war strike plans or fly conventional bombing sorties. Here, one of their own reveals who these men were and what they did down in the ""Black Hole."" It is the only work to detail the B-52 air war in Vietnam from the perspective of a navigator-bombardier.

The author offers a history of the development of bombing techniques and the evolution of bomber aircraft, focusing on the Vietnam-era B-52. Final chapters turn to the eleven-day ""Christmas War"" over Hanoi and Haiphong for an insider's view of that defining battle.

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Flying from the Black Hole 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 U.S. Air Force scholar's library." --HistoryNet originally published in the February 2010 issue of Vietnam Magazine

About Robert O. Harder

Robert O. Harder, an active-duty U.S. Air Force officer from 1966 to 1970, served in the Strategic Air Command and flew 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War as a B-52D navigator-bombardier. He later became a commercial pilot and certificated flight instructor.

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Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam by Robert O. Harder
Robert O. Harder
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