Search and rescue has always been important to the United States Air Force, whose aircrews deserve thing less than the fullest possible commitment to save them and return them home. Search and rescue flourished during World War II as lifeguard ships and submarines joined patrolling aircraft in saving lives and sustaining morale. especially in the Pacific Ocean Area. The rotary-wing turbojet and avionics revolutions made modern SAR a reality. Foreshadowed by the Korean War, the helicopter became the principal form of air rescue in Vietnam. This reprint of a classic work offers the reader an exciting and exacting history of the evolution of combat search and rescue in America's longest and most grueling war: the conflict in Southeast Asia.