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A day in the life of a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot turns into a surreal experience during a mission to save a young woman's life. A pilot's love for the helicopter turns the inanimate object into a beautiful creature of hope and promise, instructing the reader in how the helicopter is flown from a pilot's perspective...all the while carrying the pilot through his normal course of everyday duties. Headshot is a gut-wrenching, sometimes painful, look at one helicopter pilot's way of coping with his PTSD after his Vietnam experience. Everyone has flashbacks to previous events in their lives, but we watch as the flashbacks to events in Vietnam begin to consume the aging pilot during the conduct of this day's mission. A strange and ethereal woman enters his flashbacks...his "daydreams..".as he fights to maintain control of his helicopter, his mission and his unraveling psyche. He contends with her strong presence in these encounters. The ending offers a gratifying response to the trials of on day in the life of Al, the former Vietnam helicopter pilot, who must remain rational and calm in order to complete the day's eventful mission.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 308g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507755449
  • 9781507755440

About Buck Bailey

The use of "Buck Bailey" as a pseudonym was specifically chosen due to the author's love for dogs. "Buck" is his current dog and "Bailey," a much loved Beagle, watches from heaven. The author graduated from the United States Military Academy during the tumultuous '60's. He rapidly found himself, along with his classmates, in the quagmire of the Vietnam War along with the ensuing songs and marches of protest that his generation spewed into the media and into the pages of history. The stark realization of his own generation turning on him and his classmates has remained with him. He promotes, and desires to pass to new generations, the love of helicopters and the ties that bind those who design, build, maintain and fly them.show more

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