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on 21 November 2014
Growing up as a child in the sixties and seventies the Vietnam War was high on the national TV news, although I may have been more focused on the Magic Roundabout (prime UK viewing before the BBC early evening news) at times. I've read many a tome on the conflict and an interest in flying and early "loud" jets had me reaching for the click to “buy now on your” Kindle button.

It's actually written from an RAF exchange pilot’s viewpoint but after what appears to be a great deal of research and interviewing with all manner of pilots and support crew involved in training and deployment of the Voodoo. It truly is an interesting read; it reads to me like the flight safety articles I've seen in RN (Royal Navy) Engineering Publications. And given the authors background you can see the similarity. Don’t take this as a negative; it’s certainly a clarity of style and a very unbiased view of a big old stick of a first generation jet fighter.

I would commend anyone to read it as either an addendum to the Vietnam War (I nearly said conflict there - 32 years of Falklands War/Conflict confusion - sorry) or as a descriptor of the speed of progress in the 50's and 60's and the times of high numbers of personnel supporting analogue equipment.
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on 10 April 2014
Great narrative on a fantastic little known aircraft. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on operations in south East Asia. Excellent.
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on 30 April 2015
The story of the lives of cold war pilots who were expected to fly what were essentially dangerous, unstable aircraft who ended up fighting over Vietnam. Similar aircraft nowadays have multiple computer systems to ensure safety. None of these came with the Voodoo and it was up to the pilots to handle these aircraft. The book covers all the variants and is a good history of this largely unknown/forgotten aircraft.
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on 25 November 2014
Quite an interesting read as a history of the type in service but considering the author flew this aircraft I would have liked some description of what it was actually like to fly; the smell of the cockpit, the pre-flight checks, the acceleration thundering down the runway etc. There are also lots of interesting photographs but many of them have not been centred and consequently have bits chopped off them.
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on 12 March 2015
An interesting read with lots of great photos and background information about the aircraft and the pilots that flew them. Does seem to concentrate on accidents and when you have heard more than one story about the aircraft "pitching up" you kind of get the idea that it was a problem, so you don't really need 10 other similar examples. A part from that a pretty good read.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 November 2014
A former RAF pilot may be an odd choice to write the definitive account of a quintessentially American warplane, such as the F-101 Voodoo in all its versions. Yet with ample own experience - there used to be a USAF / RAF exchange program at the time, allowing the author, amongst others to become an active part of the Voodoo community - he is well placed to do so.

Over time the author managed to piece together the aircraft's story, from Europe, North America, to the Pacific and South East Asia. All subtypes and missions are covered, from reconnaissance, to nuclear bombing, long range interception (partially also nuclear at the time), as is the service across operators - in the USAF primarily, but also in the Canadian and Taiwanese air forces. While roughly the first half of the book covers the type's service in 'peace', the second part goes on to cover the combat operations in South East Asia.

The author is nothing if not comprehensive. No unit operating the type and possibly no individual pilot is omitted (or at least it feels this way at times) and many individual missions, crashes or memorable escapades are captured. As such anyone who ever flew the type is likely to be over the moon with the trips down memory lane.

The book is illustrated with ample pictorial material, too - some undoubtedly from the author's own collection. You will get everything from aerial shots, to pictures of the aviators, and while it is more or less black and white, the quality is uniformly high and - as an added bonus - the pictures work on smaller Kindle formats, too (i.e. smart-phone), even if you lose something of their magnificence in this way.

At the same time this comprehensive approach also - in my opinion - results in the split opinion amongst reviewers here. The combination between comprehensive service record, a commemorative volume on the type and the men operating it, the author' autobiographical musings and other components, too may create a whole that may well be less than the sum of its parts for some readers. The book's all-encompassing nature certainly does not make for a fast, flowing read and people with less than in-depth interest may find themselves skipping pages or sections. This is not to say that the author's writing is in any way bad, just that series of two or three books on the type, each with a more focused approach to a particular element covered here, may have found a more uniformly positive reception.

Be that as it may, the author can only be applauded for the herculean effort in putting the book together. It may be a while before you get through it but in the end you will really have a pretty detailed understanding of all things Voodoo and if you actually flew the type the book is probably a must have. If your interest is more in passing, the book could certainly be overkill to start off with - it certainly requires more effort than a mild curiosity may warrant.
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on 2 August 2015
The last Voodoo book I missed in my collection. Very nice to read about the backgrounds of what happened in those post war years with the people and the planes. Easy to read and many nice pictures. Prefer the printed one after reading the e-book version partly before.
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on 23 November 2014
Great book. Good account of little covered subject. Good illustrations throughout. A bit tricky looking at illustrations on standard Kindle, but use PC to view as larger images anyway.
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on 28 September 2015
Becoming increasingly aware of the air war as well as the ground war in SEA having read several books on the subject .Hat's off to the author and all of his comrades,a great bunch.
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on 21 February 2015
A good book for the aircraft enthusiast I remember seeing the Voodoo at Wheelus Field US Airforce base in North Africa
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