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TANGO UNIFORM [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Wilson

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Book Description

Feb. 1 1994
As the enemy masses for its greatest assault of the Vietnam War--the Tet Offensive--the American high command receives a daring new plan that could result in a quick and decisive victory.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 769 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Feb. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553565001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553565003
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #664,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It takes one who was there to do duty to the truth. Oct. 17 2005
By David Loomis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tom "Bear" Wilson did a wonderful job describing the joys and frustrations of Air Force fighter pilots trying to accomplish the jobs they were assigned by far distant managers who often had little understanding of the war and the conditions under which these brave men labored. Told honestly, from an aircrew member's view point, in such a skilled manner that people miles away who had never been in these conditions, could feel the frustrations, danger, and sometimes humor arising from their actions, pressing home the war to the North Vietnamese. "There's no way you can make this stuff up." is a frequent comment describing such feats of bravery or utter stupidity we often see, and Wilson brings his own experience and crew member's viewpoint to help explain a war that many of us still don't understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic historical fiction March 16 2013
By mogarian - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom "bear" Wilson accurately captures the feel of the air war in SEA, along with the fears and frustrations of the pilots and crews that had to operate in that environment. Obviously written by someone 'who was there'. The "bear" nickname was given to the Electronic Warfare Officers/EWO's who worked the weapons and countermeasures systems in the back seat of F105F Wild Weasels, perhaps the most dangerous type of flying in the war - their job was to seek out and destroy the heaviest enemy defenses. His descriptions of The small almost meaningless details (to someone not in the business) add authenticity to the mission descriptions, putting you in the cockpit with the protagonists.

While the character development of some of the 'bad guys' (on our side) might be a little exaggerated, it can be chalked up to artistic license for the 'fiction' portion of the narrative and does not in any way detract from the powerful story line of very brave men trying to do a very dangerous job using less than optimum tools and in spite of political goals at the National level that were sometimes confusing and not always prioritized towards winning the war. Desert Storm clearly learned some lessons from this, i.e. give the troops their marching orders, then get out of the way and let them do the job.

The title of this book "Tango Uniform", by the way, is the phonetic alphabet for the letters 'T' 'U', which in fighter pilot parlance stands for "Toes Up", as in dead...not really, the actual/more crass term for 'T' describes parts of a woman's anatomy.

This is one of a trilogy of books, the other two being Lucky's Bridge and Termite Hill. I recommend all three, preferably in order.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like being in the cockpit Oct. 23 2013
By Myles 4000 - Published on Amazon.com
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I read all three of the books in this trilogy. This book was borrowed from a friend but I damaged it so I bought this book to replace the damaged one.

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