Aviation Art: The Lighter Side
In wartime, a customized Zippo was part of an airman's identity.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 07, 2011
The lighter has even inspired a song cycle, composed by Phil Kline. In "Zippo Songs," Kline includes 26 sayings engraved on Vietnam War-era lighters. The New Yorker reviewed the composition in 2004, calling it "one of the most brutally frank song cycles ever penned. The texts range from the caustic ('If you got this off my dead ass, I hope it brings you all the luck it brought me') to the mystic ('You've never lived until you've nearly died.')"
Cu Chi was the base camp for the U.S. Army's 116th Assault Helicopter Company.