Author Ed Engle Chronicles His Treacherous Aviation Experience in New Book

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"To North Vietnam and Back Again" tells the story of a man’s journey towards the Navy and how be became a bombardier/navigator in the A-6 Intruder aircraft.

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A true story of fulfilled dreams and unwavering courage, “To North Vietnam and Back Again” is heroic tale of a man who became a Navy A-6 Intruder bombardier/navigator in Vietnam. This book gives readers insight into the Navy’s air war mission over North Vietnam which has largely been ignored and also provides a sneak peek into the Navy’s acquisition process as well as the nation’s efforts to win the Cold war.

“To North Vietnam and Back Again” is an autobiography of Edward C. Engle. It tells the story of his childhood and education as well as his eventual migration to the Navy as a bombardier/navigator of the A-6 Intruder aircraft. He also explains the systems, the tactics, and the ordinance used against an implacable enemy over Laos, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and Cambodia.

After returning from his tour of duty, Engle’s story continue with further assignments, eventual career change to aeronautical engineering duty officer, his participation in the Cold War and European Theater operations as part of the National Space Program, and the closing assignments of his career working on developing the requirements for the Navy’s Force Network Concept.

Skillfully written, highly imaginative, extremely interesting, “To North Vietnam and Back Again” takes readers into the world of aviation that highlights one man’s incredible journey of becoming one of the indomitable aviators of the powerful A-6 intruder aircraft.

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About the Author

Ed Engle was born to a lower middle-class family in Baltimore, Md., in 1944. He was one of the few children born during World War II just because his father had been declared “4f” and was not physically acceptable to the military. Always interested in aviation, he was educated as an engineer and worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation upon graduation from the Johns Hopkins University in 1966; but the war in Vietnam was on-going, and he felt a strong desire to be in it with the Navy as a bombardier/navigator in their newest all-weather attack aircraft, the Grumman A-6 Intruder. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, this all came to pass, and he eventually found himself in the first aircraft to bomb Haiphong, North Vietnam, after the 1967-declared bombing halt. He and his pilot received a warm welcome.

To North Vietnam and Back Again* by Ed Engle
A Personal Account of Navy A-6 Intruder Operations in Vietnam
Publication Date: November 27, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 212 pages; 978-1-4931-1825-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 212 pages; 978-1-4931-1826-7
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-1827-4

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