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scarey
08-18-2012, 13:42
Gentlemen,

My Uncle was a Raven during & after the Vietnam War. He recently passed away and I've always been curious as to what Ravens did. I asked him a few times and he would only speak vaguely of it. After using the great search button in the sky (google) and the PS.com search button I found little information on the USAF Ravens.
To make a short story long... I see many seasoned Quite Professionals on this Forum and I am asking if you had any experiences with the original Ravens who flew over Vietnam and Laos?

I have no desire to violate OPSEC.
I realize my question does not directly pertain to SF.
Thank you for your service and sacrifices and time.

MR2
08-18-2012, 13:49
I thought this was quite good: The Ravens by Christopher Robbins (Jan 1995) when I read it.

There is a 3rd Edition out now: The Ravens: The True Story of a Secret War by Christopher Robbins (Jun 1, 2012)

The Reaper
08-18-2012, 14:42
I thought this was quite good: The Ravens by Christopher Robbins (Jan 1995) when I read it.

There is a 3rd Edition out now: The Ravens: The True Story of a Secret War by Christopher Robbins (Jun 1, 2012)

Wow.

Google.

Who knew?

TR

mark46th
08-18-2012, 17:20
Google 'Long Tieng'... That should get you started....

longrange1947
08-18-2012, 21:12
To get you started try this, but as noted try google next time.

http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/ravens.html

Badger52
08-21-2012, 07:21
To get you started try this, but as noted try google next time.

http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/ravens.htmlGood read, thanks. For a stick & rudder pilot I imagine that was livin' large.

mark46th
08-21-2012, 11:43
Also something to note- The Ravens had to resign from USAF to take this assignment... More of that "Plausible Deniability" I suppose...

Dozer523
08-21-2012, 12:08
Also something to note- The Ravens had to resign from USAF to take this assignment... More of that "Plausible Deniability" I suppose...But they got to fly around with bears and anteaters in the cockpit! Huh, yeah umm-hmm.:D Readin' the whole article now, arentcha? (Longrange1947, post #5)

longrange1947
08-21-2012, 13:31
Also something to note- The Ravens had to resign from USAF to take this assignment... More of that "Plausible Deniability" I suppose...

Same as Air America. Also a lot of our terps in Thailand were angling for controller duty for the extra pay, double I believe. Been a while though. :D

Cobwebs
09-11-2012, 15:07
To get you started try this, but as noted try google next time.

http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/ravens.html

Love articles about pilots. ( They were a different breed ) Way under appreciated by those who never needed them.