Monday, April 30, 2012

The Book is Dee-oh-en-eee DONE!

OK, so writing a book isn't so easy. I had great plans to cover lots of material that never made it into the book. My charter was to cover all the USAF and VNAF A-1 units that flew the Spad during the Vietnam War. That covers a 15 years and seven units for the VNAF and 9 years and five units for the USAF. So I could not get into any great depth with the 'word budget' of 35,000 words I was allowed. In my mind, much was left unsaid, but that's life. When I do my website refresh, I will do my best to bring some of the things that weren't covered in the book into the website.

But it does have 80 images, many of which are previously unpublished. I feel good about that. There are also 30 color profiles done by artist Jim Laurier who did a great job interpreting what I wanted each one to look like.

Many of these new images will also appear when I do a 'tech refresh' on That will take some time, and volunteers to assist would be more than welcome.  I will also split off my A-1 Combat Journal website to give it more prominence.

The book is scheduled for an early 2013 release, so watch for it. Once again, the title will be,  USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War.

Thanks for reading, SpadGuy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Update

I am getting to the point where I need input from any of you who either flew or worked with Skyraiders. There are thirteen Skyraider units I must cover for both the USAF and VNAF. I would appreciate short stories (paragraphs, not pages) and or any photos you might have from the time you spent with the A-1.
I would need to know the unit you were affiliated with, the base, and your background before and after your A-1 tour. This information can be emailed to me at



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Working on a book

Hello again, I need to update you on what has been keeping me busy and off the streets for the past several weeks. I have been chosen to be the author of an Osprey Publishing aviation book to be titled, USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War.   I flew Skyraiders at the very end of the USAF Skyraider experience, from Oct '71 to Oct '72. All USAF Skyraiders were passed to the VNAF in November 1972. Of course the VNAF continued to use the A-1 until April 1975. This book is to be the next of their Combat Aircraft Series with an anticipated publish date of 2013. That seems like a long way off, but my deadlines are not.

Input for artwork complete. I just completed the first delivery of material on 1 Feb 2012 which provided input to the two artists involved with this book. One of the artists produces original art for the cover. Osprey uses original art work on the covers of their books to depict a scene chosen by the author featuring, in this instance, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider. The scene I have chosen shall remain undisclosed at this time, perhaps later I will reveal it. The other artist produces aircraft profiles showing various markings and ordnance configurations for both the USAF and VNAF Skyraider squadrons. There were 6 USAF units and 7 VNAF units that operated Skyraiders during the Vietnam War between 1960-1975. There will be 30 Skyraider profiles in the book. These are completed and next comes the writing.

Writing and image selection deadline 1 May 2012. I am just getting into the writing part which for any book is the real challenge. I have quite a bit of material for the USAF part, but the VNAF section and the early USAF period will be challenges for me. I have gathered a substantial amount of material in the 15 years that my website, has been in existence. (How that started is a story for another time). My challenge will be to weave the various stories that I have into a coherent, logical way to accurately tell the story of all the units involved.

How you can help?  If any of you were involved with Skyraider operations with the USAF or VNAF between 1960 to 1975, I would love to hear from you. My goal is to provide fresh content, different from that which has been told in books and magazine articles since the end of the Vietnam war. Also, I would like to show all-new, previously unpublished images showing the Skyraider from all units covering all time periods. I am seeking input from flyers, maintainers, and others who worked with or around Skyraiders. If you are willing to contribute, contact me at and we can arrange your participation. TIme is short, if you wish to help, please contact me promptly.

All for now,