From the Publisher
President Richard Nixon could not keep American ground troops in
Cambodia beyond June 1970 without authorization from Congress,
which was not forthcoming. Not wanting to desert the anti-communist
Lon Nol regime, he ordered top-secret, round-the-clock air support
over Cambodia, and the Rustics were born.
Author Richard Wood flew as one of the Rustics, a group of forward
air controllers who played a major part in staving off both the
North Vietnamese and Pol Pot''s Khmer Rouge guerilla forces. This
three-year air war was so secret-managed directly from the White
House-that there are no official records of it. Wood bases his book
on his own experiences and those of the other pilots and Cambodians
who participated in the operation. He recounts the Rustic''s daring
missions and portrays the friendships that developed between the
pilots and the Cambodian field troops, commanders, and radio
operators, who fought with courage and dedication.
The loss of American air support after August 15, 1973 eventually
contributed to the fall of Cambodia and the horribly dark period of
its history that will live in infamy as "the killing fields."
About the Author
Richard Wood is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel
and has logged more than 6,000 hours flying military aircraft. His
most recent book is Aviation Safety Programs: A Handbook
(1996). He is a consultant specializing in aviation safety and
lives in Snohomish, Washington.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: July 6, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1588342840
ISBN - 13: 9781588342843