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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595397352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595397358
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Within the U.S. Air Force fighter pilot community, the term ?throw a nickel on the grass? embodies an expression of mutual respect and good luck from one warrior to another. It stems from the refrain of an old Korean War barroom ballad? ?Throw a nickel on the grass, save a fighter pilot?s ass? and was later immortalized by an unknown author?s closing words in his Tribute to the Fighter Pilot??So here?s a nickel on the grass to you, my friend, and your spirit, enthusiasm, sacrifice and courage?but most of all to your friendship. Your?s is a dying breed and when you are gone, the world will be a lesser place.?What that nickel is truly worth is described on these pages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Jones on 24 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant book, I just noticed there's no review for it yet so I thought I'd add one in case you're trying to make up your mind.

Colonel Handley flew the C-130, F-4 and F-15 in the USAF so you can expect a lot of stories about those types, especially the F-4E gun-armed variant which is surprisingly quite under-represented in books.

There are a lot of fairly dry and technical books out there about air to air combat, rest assured that this isn't one of them. It is filled with great little stories and humourous moments and reminded me a lot of my favourite book ever, "Sled Driver", because it's a very human take on the job of flying fast jets.

The cover painting depicts the author carrying out the only known supersonic gun kill in the history of aviation, and this is covered in some depth in the book.

You can get more info about the book at nickelonthegrass.net

Buy this book, you won't regret it...
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Stories from a Gentleman Warrior 18 Dec 2007
By C. C. Norman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nickel on the Grass: Reflections of a U.S. Air Force Pilot is a worthy read that confirms the bravery of our fine Air Force pilots in both peacetime and war. These stories are interesting, inspiring, thoughtful, heartwarming, and funny. I've had the extreme honor and pleasure of meeting the author, and this book is a fine tribute to him as well as the honorable and brave men he served with defending our nation. It's obvious that this book is more about the men who fly rather than just about their aircraft. I wanted to read the book in one session, but forced myself to read a story a day until I was finished. These are stories to be savored and enjoyed. Col. Handley is a true gentleman warrior and his book should be enjoyed by all who admire heroes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What that nickel is truly worth is described in the pages of Handley's book. 20 Nov 2013
By M. Berent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For those who fought in Vietnam, and those that didn't, Colonel Phil Handley's book, Nickel on the Grass, will provide keen insight into the life and mind of an American fighter pilot in peace and war.
As Colonel Handley himself says:
Did you ever wonder
What it's like to fly the great F 4 Phantom in combat? Or to rotate a C 130A Hercules to a vertical climb from takeoff? Or to dodge dozens of SAMs and thousands of rounds of AAA? Or what it's like to fly in a missing man formation over the Super Bowl? Or how to consistently win an old fashioned dog fight? Or just how good the F 15 Eagle really was and still is?

The answer to these and other questions are contained in this collection of short stories, articles, letters, and a number of candid personal observations that reflect the twenty six year career path of USAF pilot Col. Phil "Hands" Handley.
Beware, this book is addictive. Regardless on what page a reader opens the book, one is caught; trapped is more like it, as one exciting anecdote after another is written with candor, feeling, and a great skill that brings the reader right into the cockpit...and the bar.
The term "throw a nickel on the grass" embodies an expression of mutual respect and good luck from one warrior to another. It stems from the refrain of an old Korean War barroom ballad"Throw a nickel on the grass, save a fighter pilot's ass" and was later immortalized by an unknown author's closing words in his Tribute to the Fighter Pilot.
What that nickel is truly worth is described in the pages of Handley's book.
Mark Berent is the author of the five-book Wings of War Vietnam airwar series available on all Ereaders.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book with a unique title 13 Oct 2012
By Sam Garnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a 69 year old airplane fan. Have been all my life and still rush outside with binoculars when I hear one passing overhead, especially when I detect the distinctive rumble of a big radial. Well, when I saw this book on Amazon I was captivated by its title. Nickel On The Grass. How in the world does the writer tie a title like this to his story. This is a great story written by a fellow Texan whose Texas sense of humor shows in many of his tales. I probably should hesitate to reveal this for fear of being thought of as being somewhat of a airplane lunatic but I have now read over 50 fighter pilot books and this one is a keeper. You'll enjoy it. And the title meaning? Get the book and find out ! !
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well told vignettes of the life and times of a USAF pilot 28 Jan 2008
By Jeremy Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well told vignettes of the life and times of a USAF pilot from the early 60's to 80's. Recommended.
Entertaining! 27 Mar 2014
By Henry A Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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I've flown with the author at Bitburg AB, Germany in mid 1970's (F-4s). Great pilot and leader. A fighter pilots fighter pilot! I could relate to a lot of the stories. Well worth the reading experience. Thanks for the memories "Hands".
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