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.
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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. The time is mid-day on 26 October Andy Jampoler takes readers into the cockpit of the turboprop as a propeller malfunction turns into an engine fire, eventually forcing Jerry Grigsby to ditch his patrol plane into the empty, mountainous seas west of the Aleutian Islands.
His fourteen crewmembers, strapped in their seats, expect the worst-and get it. The aircraft goes down in just ninety seconds, taking one of the three rafts with it. A second raft, terribly overcrowded, soon begins to leak. The flight crew's desperate battle to survive is told with the authority, drama, and sensitivity that only someone with the author's background could provide. He draws on interviews with survivors, searchers, and even the master of the Soviet fishing trawler that saved the living and recovered the bodies of the dead.
He also draws on recordings of radio communications, messages in the files of the state and defense departments, and the patrol squadron's own investigation of the ditching. Everyone who likes survival epics and enjoys reading sea and air adventures will be entertained by this engrossing true story.
About the Author. Andrew C. Since retirement he has worked for the aerospace industry. His articles and essays have appeared in Proceedings magazine and elsewhere. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Adak by Andrew C. Jampoler Goodreads Author. Published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Alfa Fox 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.
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To ask other readers questions about Adak , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 11, Lauren rated it it was amazing. As a former Patrol Squadron 9 sensor operator with thousands of hours logged in the P-3C Orion, I should have read this book years ago. It is a sobering reminder of the risks we take while flying and should be required reading for all aircrew.
View 2 comments. Apr 02, Rod Lovell rated it really liked it. As an ex- Orion pilot, I found this book very interesting and could relate to it. Jul 12, Danielle rated it really liked it. One of the scariest stories I've ever read, and it's all true. Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot provides narrative alongside the investigation into the ditching of a Navy P-3 into the frigid north Pacific in It is a chronological account of the hours leading up to the flight, in-flight emergency, crash landing at sea, over-water survival, rescue by a Soviet trawler, and aftermath.
Jampoler gives small snapshots of the lives of the pilots and aircrewmen. Getting to know the men becomes e One of the scariest stories I've ever read, and it's all true. Getting to know the men becomes especially heart-wrenching when it becomes horribly clear that not all of them will survive the ordeal.
This book was recommended to me by a classmate while in a P-3 school. He is a seasoned flyer and technician and knows well that P-3s are historically some of the safest military aircraft in the world - yet it was this story that gave him serious reservations about flying.
Being able to directly empathize with the crew's plight adds a whole separate dimension of fear and suspense. For all we know, this could happen to any of us.
I will recommend this book to anyone who doesn't understand why I've had to spend the past six months of my Navy career in survival schools. These regulations are written in blood. Oct 12, Brian rated it really liked it. True account of the ditching of a US Navy P-3 aircraft near the Aleutian Islands that resulted in the death of 5 of the 15 crewmen onboard.
One of the casualties was my classmate and roommate; reading this account was of personal interest, and not only because I am a former P-3 crewman. The author succeeded in weaving together the many facets of people, places, and events. I particularly liked how he linked official statements, "finding of fact", into the narrative. I found myself reliving True account of the ditching of a US Navy P-3 aircraft near the Aleutian Islands that resulted in the death of 5 of the 15 crewmen onboard.
I found myself reliving my P-3 days, and as the plane deteriorates prior to ditching, I felt the crew's fear. This is an engaging and fast read. Unfortunately, the deaths involved were real. There were some aspects that annoyed me: the inclusion of irrelevant information, the use of formerly classified data also irrelevant to the story , and the infrequent untrue "fact.
Every over-water aviator should read it. Jul 07, Jason rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this. It's the story of a aviation accident way out in the Aleutians, and Jampoler gets into insane detail about every aspect of the flight and its aftermath. It is a crazy story with a few loose ends that will never be resolved, but if you enjoy air disaster narratives I've never read one with more minute-by-minute analysis as this one.
You will learn a lot about anti-submarine warfare, the military history of the Aleutians, and the intricacies of the P3-C Orion along the I really enjoyed this. You will learn a lot about anti-submarine warfare, the military history of the Aleutians, and the intricacies of the P3-C Orion along the way to an essentially human story about death and survival.
It was painful reading what the crewmembers when through trying to stay alive. I'm glad to have found this book. John Baughman rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Brent Mashburn rated it liked it Sep 03, Robert D. White rated it it was amazing Jan 16, Art rated it really liked it Dec 02, Jody Ann Carver rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Roman rated it liked it Feb 15, Joe Brewer rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Daniel P.
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Author of "Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586" Visits Misawa Air Base
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. The time is mid-day on 26 October
Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586
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.