July 21, 2005

Book Review: War Pilot

I'm in the middle of reading War Pilot by Richard Kirkland. I picked up my copy in a discount book bin, but I would recommend it even at full publisher's prices.

It's a great read. It contains a series of short stories about Kirkland and others he met and knew in both WWII and Korea. Many are funny, and not a few are serious. But you get to see into the lives of men who were sometimes risking their lives in combat, and sometimes risking their lives flying missions of mercy into combat zones.

Kirkland was one of the worlds first helicopter pilots, and he has some wonderful insights into the birth of the medevac. (Personally, my favorite story so far was an entire helicopter rescue base, stuck miles from regular supply runs, firing their side-arms at an airplane that forgot to put a parachute on the crate of eggs it had just dropped on them.)

Normally, when I read a book I like, I don't say too much about it. I can't ever remember writing a review about one (at least not since my book report days back in high-school). But this is a really good book that I would recommend to anyone. Take it from a guy who reads almost incessantly, this one is worth your time.

Posted by GEBIV at July 21, 2005 10:00 PM | TrackBack
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