First Person Stories of the F-100 Fast FACs in the Vietnam War

by Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, USAF (Ret.)



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/2/2003

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 632
ISBN : 9780759652552
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 632
ISBN : 9780759652538
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 632
ISBN : 9780759652545

About the Book

Misty is a collection of first person stories of 155 fighter pilots who flew in a special Top Secret mission during the Vietnam War. There has never been a book like this. These are personal stories – full of emotion, drama, tragedy and humor.

Over nine million Americans served during the Vietnam War. Between 1-1.6 million were in combat, or regularly exposed to enemy attack.

These are the stories of 155 men who were in heavy combat and shot at daily.

This is book of the personal experiences of the Misty Forward Air Controllers who flew as F-100 jet "Fast-FACs" over North Vietnam. The Misty pilots often coped with danger, anger and frustration by employing irreverent gallows humor. The authors use fighter pilot language.

These were difficult times in a long war. The men in this book flew in the Vietnam War, when they were in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. They are now in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. These are their memories. Join them as they attack SAM missile sites, AAA, truck parks and complete daring rescues of their downed comrades. Combat pilots, POWs, Medal of Honor winners - strap in, hold on and enjoy the ride.

About the Author

Major General Don Shepperd retired from the Air Force in 1998 after almost forty years in uniform. He entered the Air Force at age seventeen as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, graduating with the class of 1962. After the Academy, he became a fighter pilot serving tours in the U.S. and Europe. He flew 247 fighter combat missions in Vietnam, including sixty as a Misty FAC. He left the Air Force after Vietnam and entered industry with Trans World Airlines and later became the national sales manager of the light aircraft division of Grumman American Aviation Corporation, Cleveland Ohio. After departing the service, General Shepperd stayed in the Air National Guard and later returned to active duty service, retiring from the Pentagon as head of the Air National Guard in January of 1998. He formed his own defense consulting company, is a writer of numerous articles and is completing a seven book series. He is a well known speaker and has recently been heard over the ABC radio network offering perspectives on military operations in the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, the expansion of NATO, the F-22, the Joint Strike Fighter and future prospects for defense budgets. He serves on several boards and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.