North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
Features: 54 b&w illus. Map. Notes. Bib. Index.
David R. “Buff” Honodel was a cocky young man with an inflated
self-image when he arrived in 1969 at his base in Udorn, Thailand. His
war was not in Vietnam; it was a secret one in the skies of a
neighboring country almost unknown in America, attacking the Ho Chi Minh
Trail that fed soldiers and supplies from North Vietnam into the South.
Stateside he learned the art of flying the F-4, but in combat, the
bomb-loaded fighter handled differently, targets shot back, and people
suffered. Inert training ordnance was replaced by lethal weapons. In the
air, a routine day mission turned into an unexpected duel with a deadly
adversary. Complacency during a long night mission escorting a gunship
almost led to death. A best friend died just before New Year’s. A RF-4
crashed into the base late in Buff’s tour of duty. more... about The Phantom Vietnam War: An F-4 Pilot's Combat over Laos