Ironclaw: A Navy Carrier Pilot's War Experience on the USS Midway

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Ironclaw, Baldwin’s first book, is one of the most compelling accounts yet of life on a carrier at war. He brilliantly captures the excitement and risk faced by naval aviators. He takes the reader from below decks in the mission-planning room, where the day’s combat assignment is handed out, to the deck of the MIDWAY, where jets are catapulted over the Persian Gulf, and into the cockpit – offering an unprecedented look at what it feels like to control one of the world’s most sophisticated – and powerful – military machines.

Ultimately, Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm, and Baldwin propels the reader full force into combat. Whether he is refueling from a KC-135 tanker in midair, flying through flak over enemy territory, or landing on the pitching deck of the MIDWAY at night, Baldwin’s experiences are as unforgettable as they are thrilling. Told with an intensity and expertise that even Tom Clancy would envy, Ironclaw is combat writing at its best.

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