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    Re: B-52 navigators in Vietnam
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2010 Oct 6, 12:05 -0700

    Just took a look at the amazon.com listing for this book
    (http://tinyurl.com/29os8mk) - with 25 5-star reader ratings (and nothing
    lower), I think a lot of people concur with your "hard to put it down"
    assessment.  :-)
    On 10/5/2010 4:03:32 PM, Paul Hirose (cfuhb-acdgw@earthlink.net) wrote:
    > "U.S. Air Force navigators and bombardiers have long labored 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.'"
    > So says the dust jacket of "Flying from the Black Hole," a 2009
    > book by Robert O. Harder, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966
    > through 1970. Harder had wanted to be a pilot, but slight myopia
    > meant he became a navigator instead.
    > ("The eye test was an absolute deal
    > killer; if one did not have 'perfect' vision, one was simply not
    > admitted to Undergraduate Pilot School.")
    > In the mid-1960s, the USAF conducted UNT (undergraduate navigator
    > training) at Mather AFB near Sacramento, California.
    > "The young men were
    > streamed into their new work on a dead run, and that intensity did not
    > let up in the slightest over the next thirty-eight weeks."
    > After a few
    > weeks of ground training with charts, plotters, dividers, and the MB-4A

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