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Robert J. Brandt

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Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA (ret.) “is a Master Army Aviator with over 7,900 flying hours in both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft during his thirty eight years of active flying service. He served in Vietnam with the 33rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) (H21) in 1962-63 and commanded the 573rd Transportation Detachment CHFM (Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenance). Robert Brandt is the author of Thunderbird Lounge, the story of the 33rd Transportation Company/ 118th Airmobile Company, during 1962-63 while conducting combat operations in the Republic of South Vietnam during 1962-63. General Brandt retired in 1999 after completing forty-five years of service in both the Active Army and the California Army National Guard.”

 

Major General Robert J. Brandt is the author of Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's Story About One Early Transportation Helicopter Company, Along With Its Sister Companies As They Paved the Way in What Was to Become “A Helicopter War.”  He is also the co-author of The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for Surviving Boot Camp and The Piasecki H-21 Helicopter: An Illustrated History of the H-21 Helicopter and Its Designer, Frank N. Piasecki.

 

According to the book description of Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's Story About One Early Transportation Helicopter Company, Along With Its Sister Companies As They Paved the Way in What Was to Become “A Helicopter War,” “This is a story as seen through the eyes of one 1st Lieutenant Army aviator, during the early US military commitment to support the Republic of South Vietnam in its counter-insurgency operations against North Vietnam's campaign to reunite Vietnam under communist rule. It depicts the daily life of these soldiers and aviation crew members as they went about proving the importance of the helicopter in modern warfare. Describes in detail how the helicopter was employed, puts you in the pilot's seat, death and humor, frustrations encountered, and a tribute to those soldiers and airmen who paid the ultimate price.”

 

Chief Warrant Officer Fredrick "Fox" P. Cullen, Jr. said of Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's Story About One Early Transportation Helicopter Company, Along With Its Sister Companies As They Paved the Way in What Was to Become “Helicopter War,”

“This book nails it! The author deftly documents the fears, frustrations, frolics and foibles of these pilots and crews as they endure their moment in the muck of 'the only war they had.' There is a movie in here somewhere. To quote the late commander of the unit, 'Good job Brandt'.”


Thunderbird Lounge: An Aviator's Story About One Early Transportation Helicopter Company, Along With Its Sister Companies As They Paved the Way in What Was to Become "A Helicopter War"
Robert Brandt  More Info

The Piasecki H-21 Helicopter: An Illustrated History of the H-21 Helicopter and Its Designer, Frank N. Piasecki
Robert J. Brandt  More Info
The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for Surviving Boot Camp
sgt. Michael volkin  More Info

According to the book description of The Piasecki H-21 Helicopter: An Illustrated History of the H-21 Helicopter and Its Designer, Frank N. Piasecki, the “only comprehensive illustrated history of Frank N. Piasecki and his H-21 advanced technology helicopter. The Piasecki H-21 became the first successful tandem-rotor cargo helicopter to enter mass production. Its innovative and unique design became the basis for the development of both the CH-46 and CH-47 helicopters, which remain in service to this day. The book covers the early life of Frank N. Piasecki and the development of his first helicopter, the single-rotor PV-2. Soon the XHRP-1 (Experimental, Helicopter, Transport, Piasecki, Model One) would appear and it was this helicopter which successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the tandem-rotor helicopter design.

 

Successive improvements soon led to the HRP-1 and the more advanced HRP-2 which were flown by the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard. The US Air Force expressed a need for a rescue helicopter that could operate in the extreme cold environment of the Arctic and issued a request for proposal. Frank Piasecki responded to this request with his H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter design. The Air Force liked what it saw and soon the H-21A "Workhorse" was in production for the US Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The rapidly expanding US Army Aviation Program saw the H-21 as a solution to meet its requirement for a helicopter capable of carrying an infantry squad. Soon the H-21C, now named "Shawnee" following the Army tradition of naming its helicopters after American Indian Tribes. The H-21 was soon in service with France, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and Burma. The H-21, now know as the Vertol 44, entered civil airline service with New York Airways. Five US Army helicopter companies, flying H-21 helicopters were deployed to Vietnam during 1961-62. These pioneering US Army helicopter companies proved that helicopters were capable of operating successfully combat. This success soon led to the rapid expansion and use of helicopters in Vietnam. The Frank N. Piasecki and his H-21, both long overlooked, are nevertheless true pioneers in the history of rotary-wing flight.”

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