Brian was a warrior in the Viet Nam War in 1968-69. He flew as a permanent door gunner on the beyond-the-call-of-duty smokeship, Pollution IV. His books Permission to Kill and Smokeships Always Leading the Way, and his award-winning documentary, "Then, Again, and Beyond" depict his combat experience, and what happened over the next several decades. There are two sequels to Permission to Kill and can only be bought as the Will He Make It Saga in paperbacks.
Brian has donated his custom-painted flight helmet, and the vintage smoke generator he located and purchase to the Smithsonian Inst. Nat'l Air and Space Museum's Vertical Flight Collection, on display in Chantilly, Va. Occasionally, his helmet is rotated out of the museum, but can be shown on request by calling, faxing, or emailing: 202.633.2634 Telephone, 202.786.2447 Fax, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brian Wizard donates his Historic Gear for displays about Viet Nam


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On 5-15-2012 I was interviewes by Tami Urbanek of on the effects of my tour in Viet Nam.

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Above you see the combat flight helmet I wear in my award-winning documentary about the Vietnam War, as I steal the enemy flag from their compound, flying by standing on the skid of my helicopter, Pollution IV

Pollution IV was the 118th Assault Helicopter Co.'s smokeship. The NASM has a Huey that has a history of being a smokeship, that is why Roger Connor contacted me, as my book and movie tell the story of a day in the life of a smokeship in combat. After I donated my helmet and scarf, I told Roger that until he had a smoke generator in the Huey on display, he just had another Huey. Of course, his question was, "Where do we find a vintage piece of equipment like that." I told him, "Hold that thought, I'll get back too you."

Soon enough I had the missing part, and Roger had it installed, so now the Huey on display is complete.

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I and others from the 118th attended this ceremony and I even retained the program and a letter of thanks.

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