Flight of the Intruder. A Novel, by Stephen Coonts
In this riveting story of naval aviators at war over Vietnam, veteran A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts captured as never before the full drama of modern aerial warfare. With extraordinary realism he straps the reader into the cockpit of an A-6 to experience the fear and exhilaration of life at full throttle: thrilling cat shots off a carrier…treetop-level races against pursuing MIGs…treacherous night landings in crippled planes.
With unfailing honesty he puts the reader inside the hearts and minds of the pilots who “drive” these powerful, hi-tech machines to reveal a world unknown to those outside the naval aviators’ fraternity. From the good-natured raillery of the ready room to the shared dangers in the air to the manic release from combat stress in the bars of the Philippines, the airmen’s special brand of camaraderie–the one stabilizing force in their otherwise precarious lives–is described here as only an insider could.
Naval Institute Press, 1986. ISBN: 0870212001 / 9780870212000. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Some writing on title page.