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Vietnam War Helicopter Art

1 September 2015

Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft, John Brennan, ISBN 978-0-8117-1031-2, 199 pp., 275+ photos

Vietnam War Helicopter Art US Army Rotor Aircraft by John Brennan (front cover)

Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft by John Brennan (front cover)

Author John Brennan does great and valuable work regarding aviation’s history. He has preserved the artwork on aircraft which airmen through the ages have used to provide humor or a piece of home or something else.

The art is organized by helicopter type, each with technical descriptions and telling facts. The volume of art is great and skills range from the mundane to masterful. 400 Chinooks alone had art work on their fuselages. Snakes, hogs, slicks and more — these aircraft have their names, unique art, humor or cynicism boldly on display in a war zone. The variety of helicopter missions as well as art is incredible to behold and we have Brennan to thank for this overview.

Some of huge number of gems in this book are:

  • the 116th Assault Helicopter Company helicopters flew with yellow jackets (wasps) on their noses but with individual names on each Huey
  • the Huey which became the “Electric Banana” when it had its tail boom replaced but flew into combat before the yellow primer could be painted olive drab
  • the rare Chinook “A+” model
  • Hueys armed with TOWs and multiple tank kills
  • a Tarhe armed with instant landing zone producing “Daisy Cutters”
  • Cobras, Shawnees and LOACHes in all manner of names, symbolism and missions
  • rocket pods expertly painted up as beer cans

Brennan again has met the high expectations he has set for himself with Vietnam War Helicopter Art and could hardly do better — except, perhaps, to produce Volume 2 😉

Vietnam War Helicopter Art US Army Rotor Aircraft by John Brennan (back cover)

Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft by John Brennan (back cover)

Vietnam War Helicopter Art is available at the usual places as well as Stackpole Books.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 September 2015 08:43

    Yes! Aviation Fine Art! I think its fantastic that artwork of this type is being documented…..its the imprimatur of “in the moment” humanity….a “picture (or comment) is worth a thousand words”, a recording, but more importantly, a definition of the emotions that came into play during times; from great stress, perseverance, courage…and even to great humor!…a lot can be learned from studying them.

    I am so glad that there was the sensibility at the end of WWII for someone to cut these masterpieces from the sides of aircraft destined for the boneyard to become treasures at mueums of history throughout the world…

    Hence, congratulations and thanks for recording!…

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 September 2015 12:04

      Thanks for the words I cannot write 🙂

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