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In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he served with who risked their lives for the troops on the ground. Bob Ford invites listeners into the Huey helicopters he flew on more than 1,000 missions when he and his men dared to protect and rescue. For those whose voices were silenced in that faraway place or who have never told their stories, he creates a tribute that plays like a thriller, captures the humor of men at war, and resounds with respect for those who served with honor.

©2015 Bob Ford (P)2018 Bob Ford

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  • Kenneth McGovern
  • 20-09-2018

"I'd do it all again ... and I'd do it for free."

I read this great book when it first came out. To hear the author tell his story in his words adds a new dimension. Excellent! Bob Ford takes the listener along to the furthermost aviation unit in Vietnam during the height of LBJ's escalation. In the middle of his tour is the Tet Offensive. He takes us from the Heartland in Oklahoma to 1967 Vietnam. Over a thousand missions! A thriller. No political commentary. No foul language. No gore. Climb into a UH-1 Huey with a young Lt. Ford and meet the crew of Black Cat 2-1. He brings the time, characters and locals to life. He honors Gerald L. McKinsey (Mac) and Dwight Dedrick and those who gave all. Despite the gravity of the situation - he finds levity along the way. The call to his beloved mother about whether he received the cookies she has been sending is priceless and illustrates how loved ones CANNOT come to terms with what's really going on. Each day Lt. Ford's focus was on the men on the ground - this is where his efforts could, and did - make a difference.

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  • Jacob king
  • 19-10-2018

awesome book and very good story!

I'm glad Bob narrated it. I see him and his wife picking up trash in okeene all the time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-2021

outstanding

it was well written , it flowed and it was easly understood. I would listen to it again

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  • chris heikenen
  • 09-04-2021

Best Vietnam helicopter account I’ve read so far.

My brother was a decorated chopper pilot in Nam so I’ve read a number of first hand accounts. This one by Bob Ford is my runaway favorite so far.

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  • Chad H.
  • 23-12-2020

Great book!

A good, clean war story from an American hero and fellow Oklahoman. My eleven year old son enjoyed it as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2020

Well Told Tribute — Above the Best

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Bob Ford recount his service. I was in RVN at almost the same time—just a couple of weeks difference.
I also piloted Hueys but not in Vietnam.
Ford’s humble storytelling manner does not diminish his heroism; a title he didn’t clam but is nonetheless well designed. What an inspirational officer!
“Above the Best” is the motto for Army Aviation. In this man’s case, he was one of the BEST!

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  • Dodger
  • 17-04-2020

great story

if you want a good book of a huey pilot in Vietnam this is it.

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  • er
  • 15-01-2020

A deeply personal account

The vivid detail of this Vietnam war memoir, offered in the author’s own voice created for me and incredibly personal connection to his experience in the war and those who served with him. Bob Ford’s excellent reporting provides a clear picture of the brave men from the 282nd who risked and sacrificed everything in the rescue and support of their fellow soldiers.

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  • Pilotbk
  • 09-12-2019

Huey pilot

Enjoyed the book immensely. I went through Fort Wolters in 1972 and completed at Fort Rucker Alabama. I was a cobra crew chief before being a pilot in the 101st airborne division Fort Campbell. Everything he talked about I could review in my head as if I was there. Flew in the Virginia National Guard. Then flew an EMS helicopter on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Enjoyed flying

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  • Dave Brahosky
  • 07-10-2019

Excellent Book!!

Bob, Thanks You so much for writing your story. This is one of the best Vietnam helicopter books I have read!

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  • LOU LLOYD
  • 04-10-2019

BLACK CAT 2-1

Bob Ford is a very brave & humble man.
I feel blessed to have heard his story.
Listen ....
You’ll laugh
You’ll cry
You will be proud

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