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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Burford Books (Nov. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580801587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580801584
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A Korean War saga with implications for modern medical care . . . . MASH ANGELS is an engaging, inspiring account of those willing to place themselves in danger in order to save lives.” (Kirkus)

About the Author

Richard C. Kirkland was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the USAF Commendation Medal. After his Korean War service he was an executive in the aerospace industry. His other books include War Pilot. He lives in Vienna, VA.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa7861a20) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa43ba624) out of 5 stars The real MASH pilots Dec 21 2009
By Palle J. Christensen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Richard C. Kirkland was a 100 % fighterpilot from WWII, but found himself in Korea in helicopters - an unbelievable waste of talent as he saw it! His former buddies tangled with MiG's overhead, while he got to grips with the "grunts'" lives. Helicopter-lifting the wounded to nearby MASH hospitals, in a life or death struggle. We get to know the real "Hawkeye" surgeon from the 8055 MASH. A larger than life character apparantly, as portrayed in the movie and TV-series. Personal problems, showing on "R&R" in Japan f.ex., is honestly reported. The pioneering efforts of casualty recovery is nailbiting. As when the author gets conned into a night recovery. (The Sikorsky H-5 had no instrument lighting or landing light!). Highly recommended!
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HASH(0xa43baa2c) out of 5 stars A 'must' for any military library strong in Korean War accounts Feb. 21 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
MASH ANGELS: TALES OF AN AIR-EVAC HELICOPTER PILOT IN THE KOREAN WAR provides a fine account perfect for any library strong in Korean war history and events. If provides a personal account of danger and heroism from one of the pilots who pioneered the use of helicopters for battlefield medical evacuation, telling of his front-line experience rescue flying and military medicine challenges. A 'must' for any military library strong in Korean War accounts.
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HASH(0xa43baaa4) out of 5 stars Mash Angels Review Sept. 26 2010
By JW - Published on
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Mr. Kirkland's writing skills have sharpened over the course of producing 3 books.
His writing projects warmth and candidness onto a bleak historical framework.
He reminds us that the Air Force was a vital participant in those life-saving missions and in early helicopter history.
Mash Angels is a valuable addition to Korean War history and a pleasure to read.
HASH(0xa43bae34) out of 5 stars Pioneers of Medevac and Rescue July 28 2015
By James D. Crabtree - Published on
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I picked this up and just started reading to get an idea of what kind of book this was... and I couldn't put it down. I put aside all the other material I was reading so I could finish it all the way through.

Kirkland started out as a fighter pilot in WWII, then in peacetime found himself retrained as a helicopter pilot. Captain Kirkland found himself sent to Korea during the last phase of fighting, which saw 2nd generation helicopters used for rescue operations behind enemy lines, the evacuation of wounded soldiers for medical care and the recovery of Allied pilots who were shot down. These early machines were piston-powered, using cloth-covered rotor blades to create lift. They were underpowered and tricky to fly, but brave men did the job.

Kirkland was disappointed at not having the chance to return to the Air Force as a fighter pilot, ideally flying the new jets. But eventually he came to appreciate the importance of the mission he could do as a helicopter pilot. Well-written and illustrated with black and white photos this is a great book.
HASH(0xa43bae64) out of 5 stars Great Story covering early Military Helicopter Operations Jan. 20 2013
By tomte - Published on
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As a retired Vietnam Army helicopter pilot, my years in aviation slightly overlapped the history of these early Army helicopter operations. I often wondered about my predecessors and how they braved a new technology in some very basic and minimal equipment while performing extraordinary missions. This book puts all of that into perspective. Tom Tesmar "Crusader 23"