Ed "Fast Eddie" Cobleigh served two tours of duty during the Vietnam air war, logging 375 combat sorties in the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber.
In War for the Hell of It, Cobleigh shares his perspectives in a deeply personal account of a fighter pilot's life, one filled with moral ambiguity and military absurdities offset by the undeniable thrill of flying a fighter plane. With well-crafted prose that puts you into his Phantom's cockpit, Cobleigh vividly recounts the unexplainable loss of his wingman, the useless missions he flew, the need to trust his reflexes, eyesight, aggressiveness, and his survival instincts in the heat of combat. He discusses the deaths of his squadron mates and the contradictions of a dirty, semi-secret war fought from beautiful, exotic Thailand. This is an unprecedented look into the state of mind of a pilot as he experiences everything from the carnage of a crash to the joy of flying through a star-studded night sky, from the illogical political agendas of Washington to his own dangerous addiction to risk.
Cobleigh gives a stirring and emotional description of one man's journey into airborne hell and back, recounting the pleasures and the pain, the wins and the losses, and ultimately, the return.
©2016 Ed Cobleigh (P)2016 Ed Cobleigh
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4 out of 5 stars
By MR J R Stagg on 09-04-18


its a slow book, it feels as if to be building towards something but it never comes.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A J TYLER on 19-01-18

Perhaps too in-depth

A very in-depth writing of his experience. Tends to focus on everything and anything. Narration can be a bit monotone and at times irritating.
It’s more of a pilots psychological monologue regarding alcohol and the need for sex, more than anything.

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5 out of 5 stars
By dick on 31-08-16

From a fellow Vietnam fighter pilot

Outstanding writing into the deep emotion of
Combat flying in a war where most all warriors attempting to deal with returning to face an ungrateful nation. Returning were more pissed at their own government than the enemy sent to fight.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Mersereau on 26-08-16

Well done!

I was stationed at Udorn RTAFB - his stories took me back to the crazy times. This is the real deal, really well told.

Wish we required military service as a prerequisite for political office - Vietnam Vets would have kept us out of the Iraq mess.

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