Navy patrol aircraft flying from Naval Station Adak, in the Aleutian Islands that was ditched in foot seas with 15 crew members aboard on Oct. The aircraft was flying a reconnaissance mission when a propeller malfunction followed by a series of small fires forced Lt. Jerry Grigsby, AF 's plane commander, to ditch the aircraft. Stories of the crews' losses and survival along with the many rescue attempts were shared by Jampoler.
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Naval Institute Press, , pp. The men spend most of the ensuing day battling for survival while waiting for rescue. The uncertainty faced by the crew continues from when the survivors are plucked from the sea by a Soviet fishing trawler until they depart the Soviet Union several days later. In addition to the ditching and rescue, Jampoler describes the events leading up to the tragedy as well as the subsequent investigation.
In doing so, he provides the reader a technical analysis of the accident while also delving into the lives of the naval aviators involved. The result is a true story of survival that is accessible and enjoyable to both aviation enthusiast and casual reader alike. His careful research and frequent references to the investigation into the incident give the reader a detailed play-by-play analysis of the events that led to the ditching.
Although Jampoler focuses on many of the technical details of the catastrophe, the book is still relatively easy to read and quite accessible to those who lack a technical or aviation background.
He begins the story by examining the lives of the crew members stationed at Naval Station Adak, giving the reader a sense of their living conditions as well as the excitement and difficulties of being a naval aviator flying out of an isolated airstrip in the Aleutian Islands.
One minor error or miscalculation in ditching the plane on the choppy seas could easily result in the death of the entire crew. One minor quibble with Adak is that it lacks an index, which would have proven helpful in locating specific individuals and events. The book also could have used a good editor to smooth out some of the rough edges. At times Jampoler sets aside his careful research and injects his own opinion into the narrative, especially when he strays into discussions of the political climate between the United States and Soviet Union.
Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot forcefully depicts the many dangers faced by naval aviators who flew hazardous missions at the height of the Cold War. The author successfully introduces the reader to a little-known plane crash and surrounding political tensions.
His ability to interweave the technical details of the crash with the lives of the heroic flyers and to depict the heartache suffered by their families makes for a work that will satisfy readers looking for a technical overview of the accident as well as those desiring an exciting tale of survival at sea. Reinhold, USAF.
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In the tradition of great tales of men against the sea, this story offers a compelling look at courage and commitment in the face of certain tragedy. It is a powerful blend of human drama and real-life naval operations, but unlike most books in the genre, its heroes are airmen not seamen, and most survived their ordeal. Published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Alfa Fox. Published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Alfa Foxtrot 's fatal mission as a tribute to those lost, the account was written by a naval aviator who has flown the same aircraft on the same mission from the same air base. The aircraft is a P-3 Orion on station during a sensitive mission off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the north Pacific.
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Andrew Jampoler talked about his book Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot , in which he chronicles the crash of a crew on a mission flying… read more. Andrew Jampoler talked about his book Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot , in which he chronicles the crash of a crew on a mission flying over Russia in In October of a P-3 C Orion military plane caught fire and the crew was forced to ditch the aircraft in the ocean off the coast of Russia. Jampoler talked about the mission and the rescue of the crew members. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event. C-SPAN has agreements with retailers that share a small percentage of your purchase price with our network. However, C-SPAN only receives this revenue if your book purchase is made using the links on this page.