One cannot imagine the Vietnam War without helicopters. In this conflict they revolutionized warfare, lifting troops, supplies, materials, equipment, and vehicles. They conducted visual reconnaissance, command and control, medical evacuation, artillery spotting, and fire support. The 40,000 pilots were the men behind this revolution, and many were thrill seekers, liking fast cars and a fast life. They endured long flying hours in a less-than-pleasant climate, subjected to heat, humidity, dust, rapidly changing weather conditions, spare parts shortages, and, of course, deadly, high-volume cross-fire. Vietnam veteran Gordon L Rottman details these experiences, from the pilots' training and first deployment to the deadly thrill of combat in a warzone. Poignant photographs and detailed color artwork make this a crucial study of the conflict that defined the postwar generation in America. Book jacket.Rottman, Gordon is the author of 'US Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam' with ISBN 9781846032295 and ISBN 1846032296.