Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references. Summary A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the s on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. He started flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, and for the past two years, as a "civilian contractor, " Ellis has been flying helicopter support missions in Afghanistan, where, he reckons, he has had more close shaves than in his entire previous four-decades put together. He saw action all over world.
Twice, single-handedly and without a copilot , he turned the enemy back from the gates of Freetown, effectively preventing the rebels from overrunning Sierra Leone's capital - once in the middle of the night without the benefit of night vision goggles. Nellis as his friends call him was also the first mercenary to work hand-in-glove with British ground and air assets in a modern guerrilla war. In Sierra Leone, Ellis' Mi "it leaked when it rained" played a seminal role in rescuing the 11 British soldiers who had been taken hostage by the so-called West Side Boys.
He also used his helicopter numerous times to fly SAS personnel on low-level reconnaissance missions into the interior of the diamond-rich country, for the simple reason that no other pilot knew the country - and the enemy - better than he did. Subject Ellis, Neall. Bibliographic information. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 30, TheHenry Blank rated it it was ok. This is a book you can pass up.
Not a bad read but not a good one. All the activity blurs together after awhile. This copter pilot did a lot of transporting and extracting. Sometimes received groundfire, sometimes flew his chopper on gunship missions. Seeing as how he was an 'ace' I kept waiting for him to engage in air-to-air combat but it never happened.
A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the s on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary [By (author) Al J. Venter] on zulitylu.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Gunship.
Then suddenly he was old enough to retire, but chose to keep on trucking. The end.
Aug 11, Douglas Misquita rated it liked it. Picked this book, as research material, for my own books.
I think a helicooter aficando or a pilot would enjoy this book more than I did It did provide me a decent insight into the operations of helicopters in the mercenary world and in armed conflicts. Some gruesome description of the excesses of the RUF. Sep 16, Courtney rated it it was ok Shelves: biography , military , non-fiction , aerospace. Mostly a jumbled together collection of war stories. The narration of the book jumps between Al Venter's third person and Neall Ellis's first person, which becomes difficult to follow.
Events are somewhat out of order too.
At one point they jump to a story about parts availability problems for their Hind before they even acquire the helicopter in the narration. One last point: The term "ace" means one who has achieved 5 air-to-air victories. To the best of my knowledge there was no helicopter-on- Mostly a jumbled together collection of war stories. To the best of my knowledge there was no helicopter-on-helicopter action described in this book.
Apr 22, Jetdrvr rated it it was amazing. Neill Ellis, "Nellis," is a legendary combat helicopter pilot. This book outlines his story in detail. Separate different tags with a comma. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Please enable cookies in your browser to get the full Trove experience. Skip to content Skip to search. Home This edition , English, Book edition: Gunship ace : The wars of neall ellis, gunship pilot and mercenary.
Language English. Check copyright status Cite this Title Gunship ace : The wars of neall ellis, gunship pilot and mercenary. Author AL J. Published [s.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Formative Days in Southern Africa 2. Early Days During the Border War 4. Into Angola with the Gunships 6.