When Thunder Rolled: An F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam

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“YOU CAN ALMOST SMELL THE JET FUEL AND GUNPOWDER. You attack the world’s fiercest defenses at 500 knots and share the ultimate thrill of hurling yourself against almost impossible odds–and winning.
–JACK BROUGHTON, author of Thud Ridge

Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber in his engaging account of the Rolling Thunder campaign in the skies over North Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1968, more than 330 F-105s were lost–the highest loss rate in Southeast Asia–and many pilots were killed, captured, and wounded because of the Air Force’s disastrous tactics. The descriptions of Rasimus’s one hundred missions, some of the most dangerous of the conflict, will satisfy anyone addicted to vivid, heart-stopping aerial combat, as will the details of his transformation from a young man paralyzed with self-doubt into a battle-hardened veteran. His unique perspective, candid analysis, and the sheer power of his narrative rank his memoir with the finest, most entertaining of the war.

“A story that reflects the bravery of the men who flew over enemy territory in a perilous time.”
The Baltimore Chronicle


“[A] MODERN-DAY RED BADGE OF COURAGE .”
–JOHN DARRELL SHERWOOD, author of Fast Movers: Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience


Look for these remarkable stories of American courage in the Vietnam war

DOWN SOUTH
One Tour in Vietnam
by William H. Hardwick

LOST IN TRANSLATION
Vietnam: A Combat Advisor’s Story
by Martin J. Dockery

MEDIC!
The Story of a Conscientious Objector in the Vietnam War
by Ben Sherman

WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE . . . AND YOUNG
Ia Drang: The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam
by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

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"During 1966 an F-105 Thunderchief pilot stood only a 50% chance of surviving his tour. A young ROTC graduate who joined the Air Force to fly fast movers, Rasimus never imagined that he would end up fighting a campaign nearly as dangerous as the daylight B-17 campaign against Germany in WWII. How Ed came to terms with his fears and transformed himself from a scared recruit to a valued member of his wing is the focus of this modern-day Red Badge of Courage." – John Sherwood, author of Fast Movers: Jet Pilots and the Vietnam Experience

"Here are combat accounts from the cockpit, with such realism you can almost smell the jet fuel and gun powder. You attack the world’s fiercest defenses at 500 knots and share the ultimate thrill of hurling yourself against almost impossible odds – and winning." –Jack Broughton, author of Thud Ridge

"When Thunder Rolled mixes stark authenticity with humor, personal failings, bravery under fire and thrilling flying missions to become one of the best books about the air war in Vietnam. Author Ed Rasimus has it exactly right – if you’ve been there you know it, and if you haven’t been there, this is as close as you can get." –Walter J. Boyne, author of Beyond the Wild Blue: The History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997

"When Thunder Rolled is a firsthand, in-the-cockpit account of a combat aviator’s war, from conquering fear to conquering bad leadership. Belongs on all aviation shelves." –Mark Berent, author of the Rolling Thunder series.

About the Author:

Ed Rasimus flew more than 250 combat missions during the Vietnam War in F-105s and F-4s, receiving the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross five times, and numerous Air Medals. He writes and teaches political science in Colorado.

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