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One Trip Too Many, A Pilot’s Memoirs of 38 Months in Combat over Laos and Vietnam, is an autobiography about my life as a pilot in Southeast Asia during the conflict in Vietnam. It is primarily a story to share with family and friends about my personal involvement in the conflict and the turbulent decade of the 60s and does not attempt to question the politics of the era. One Trip Too Many, A Pilot’s Memoirs of 38 Months in Combat over Laos and Vietnam, is an autobiography about my life as a pilot in Southeast Asia during the conflict in Vietnam. It is primarily a story to share with family and friends about my personal involvement in the conflict and the turbulent decade of the 60s and does not attempt to question the politics of the era. It begins with a brief description of my quest to gain admittance to the United States Air Force Academy, my four years at the Academy, and the subsequent year of pilot training. I flew three different types of aircraft in combat and the book provides insight into the training that took place for the C-130 Hercules, the F-105 Thunderchief, and the A-1 Skyraider. Each of the three tours in combat over Laos and Vietnam is described with emphasis on the more memorable flights including a bailout in the A-1 and the final crash on takeoff that ended my active duty Air Force career. My time in various hospitals is described at the end of the book and the epilogue tells briefly of my life after retirement from the United States Air Force. The book has been described as a combination of Band of Brothers, Top Gun, and Forrest Gump.


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One Trip Too Many, A Pilot’s Memoirs of 38 Months in Combat over Laos and Vietnam, is an autobiography about my life as a pilot in Southeast Asia during the conflict in Vietnam. It is primarily a story to share with family and friends about my personal involvement in the conflict and the turbulent decade of the 60s and does not attempt to question the politics of the era. One Trip Too Many, A Pilot’s Memoirs of 38 Months in Combat over Laos and Vietnam, is an autobiography about my life as a pilot in Southeast Asia during the conflict in Vietnam. It is primarily a story to share with family and friends about my personal involvement in the conflict and the turbulent decade of the 60s and does not attempt to question the politics of the era. It begins with a brief description of my quest to gain admittance to the United States Air Force Academy, my four years at the Academy, and the subsequent year of pilot training. I flew three different types of aircraft in combat and the book provides insight into the training that took place for the C-130 Hercules, the F-105 Thunderchief, and the A-1 Skyraider. Each of the three tours in combat over Laos and Vietnam is described with emphasis on the more memorable flights including a bailout in the A-1 and the final crash on takeoff that ended my active duty Air Force career. My time in various hospitals is described at the end of the book and the epilogue tells briefly of my life after retirement from the United States Air Force. The book has been described as a combination of Band of Brothers, Top Gun, and Forrest Gump.

30 review for One Trip Too Many - A Pilot's Memoirs of 38 Months in Combat Over Laos and Vietnam

  1. 4 out of 5

    KOMET

    "ONE TRIP TOO MANY" is a memoir that will appeal to both the thrill-seeker and fan of human interest stories. The author - who grew up in the U.S. Midwest during the 1940s and 1950s - shares with the reader his determination to become a pilot, which leads to him winning a competitive appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959. He graduated from the Academy in June 1963 as a freshly minted Second Lieutenant, having earned his degree and a handshake from President Kennedy himself. Later, fo "ONE TRIP TOO MANY" is a memoir that will appeal to both the thrill-seeker and fan of human interest stories. The author - who grew up in the U.S. Midwest during the 1940s and 1950s - shares with the reader his determination to become a pilot, which leads to him winning a competitive appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959. He graduated from the Academy in June 1963 as a freshly minted Second Lieutenant, having earned his degree and a handshake from President Kennedy himself. Later, following advanced flight training, Warner is sent to Vietnam, where he experiences combat from the earliest days of the American involvement in 1965. Warner proved to be a highly skilled pilot, adept at flying both multi-engined and single-engine aircraft. Indeed, Warner would return to Vietnam on 2 different combat tours. From late 1967 through the summer of 1968, he flew 121 combat missions in the sleek F-105 'Thunderchief' fighter-bomber, known affectionately as the 'Thud.' At least 16 of those missions entailed deep penetration raids into North Vietnam as far as Hanoi, braving anti-aircraft fire, radar guided SAMs (i.e. surface-to-air missiles), and enemy MiG jet fighters. These missions, designated Pack Six sorties, were extremely hazardous as losses to enemy action over North Vietnam tended to be extremely high. Warner would go on to return to Southeast Asia in early 1969, after having trained to fly the A-1 Skyraider attack/search & rescue aircraft. Unfortunately, Warner would meet with tragedy in the Skyraider in March of that year. There is much more to this inspiring and uplifting story, which I leave for the reader to discover.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kmag54

    One of the best Vietnam pilot books. Inspirational life, excellent writer. Here is a very unusual account of of 2 plus tours leading and piloting in Vietnam in 3 different aircraft, C-130, F-105 and A-1! Descriptions and narrative are masterfully crafted with guile and humor. The author's experiences are referenced to many other pilots and books I have read, linking them all in a most enjoyable and illuminating read. It's one of the best "you are there" fly, fight and persevere books in the genre One of the best Vietnam pilot books. Inspirational life, excellent writer. Here is a very unusual account of of 2 plus tours leading and piloting in Vietnam in 3 different aircraft, C-130, F-105 and A-1! Descriptions and narrative are masterfully crafted with guile and humor. The author's experiences are referenced to many other pilots and books I have read, linking them all in a most enjoyable and illuminating read. It's one of the best "you are there" fly, fight and persevere books in the genre, in my opinion. I recommend it without reservations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vince

    What a fascinating story! This is a very good story and a well written book about flying in the Vietnam War. There is enough detail in here to interest pilots, some humor, and a lot of those moments of shear terror. You won’t be able to put this book down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ray Oliver

    Sierra Hotel book As a member of USAF UPT class 65C at Moody AFB this excellent book was a deeply moving read. I will treasure thi experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    What is great about this book is that you get the experience of one man who flew three completely different aircraft on completely different missions over Vietnam, and is an experience matched by few others ever imaginable, and the only comparable experience ran much longer from WW-II through Vietnam (Robin Olds). Sadly, as a 'reading book' compared with others this is three tales in one and dilutes its power. Perhaps men who flew only one tour in one aircraft make better story-tellers than one d What is great about this book is that you get the experience of one man who flew three completely different aircraft on completely different missions over Vietnam, and is an experience matched by few others ever imaginable, and the only comparable experience ran much longer from WW-II through Vietnam (Robin Olds). Sadly, as a 'reading book' compared with others this is three tales in one and dilutes its power. Perhaps men who flew only one tour in one aircraft make better story-tellers than one doing 3-for-3, but it is still a solid tale that is well written. He just has stiff competition in the genre (Ken Bell's for F-105) etc , though I doubt anyone could describe burn recovery in more vivid terms in so few pages as this noble flyer, and it's hard not to enjoy this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hulananni

    Way too much technical information for me. Bombing coordinates and flight patterns. I was hoping for more personal information. If you were flying out of Thailand in the Vietnam (aka American) War this could be of interest.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David T Travis

    An outstanding book... An easily read book written with professional detail that accurately depicts the air war in North Vietnam and Laos describing the author's experiences flying C-130, F-105 and A-1 aircraft during three separate combat tours. An outstanding book... An easily read book written with professional detail that accurately depicts the air war in North Vietnam and Laos describing the author's experiences flying C-130, F-105 and A-1 aircraft during three separate combat tours.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan Zygner

    An outstanding book to read,hard to put it down. One of the best Vietnam fighter pilot stories I have read. It was even more interesting as I was a classmate of the author at the Air Force Academy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandro Comparan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rex Langham

  11. 5 out of 5

    JOHN M BROWN

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Nehring

  13. 4 out of 5

    john estes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Thompson

  15. 4 out of 5

    KENNETH A SOLUM

  16. 4 out of 5

    john carnahan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pat W

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard C. Brown

  19. 5 out of 5

    PDC

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gussie Mustain

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Chow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Preston

  24. 4 out of 5

    thomas harvey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Hrudka

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy Tompkins

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert E Tooker Jr

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  29. 4 out of 5

    chester t gwardyak

  30. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Stirling

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