Commander John B. Nichols, USN
(ret.) flew 264 combat missions off carriers in the Tonkin Gulf between 1966 and 1973. He is the co-author
of On Yankee Station: The Naval Air War over Vietnam.
According to the book description of On Yankee Station:
The Naval Air War over Vietnam, “Combining vivid personal narrative with historical and operational analyses,
this book takes a candid look at U.S. naval airpower in the Vietnam War. Coauthors John Nichols, a fighter pilot in the war,
and Barrett Tillman, an award-winning aviation historian, make full use of their extensive knowledge of the subject to detail
the ways in which airpower was employed in the years prior to the fall of Saigon.
Confronting the conventional
belief that airpower failed in Vietnam, they show that when applied correctly, airpower was effective, but because it was
often misunderstood and misapplied, the end results were catastrophic. Their book offers a compelling view
of what it was like to fly from Yankee Station between 1964 and 1973 and important lessons for future conflicts. At the same
time, it adds important facts to the permanent war record.
Following an analysis of the state of carrier aviation in 1964 and a definition of the rules of
engagement, it describes the tactics used in strike warfare, the airborne and surface threats, electronic countermeasures,
and search and rescue. It also examines the influence of political decisions on the conduct of the war and the changing nature
of the Communist opposition. Appendixes provide useful statistical data on carrier deployments, combat sorties, and aircraft