Viper Pilot

Viper Pilot

A Memoir of Air Combat

eBook - 2012
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING MEMOIR OF 21ST-CENTURY AIR COMBAT, BY "ONE OF THE DECORATED PILOTS IN AIR FORCE HISTORY" (NEW YORK POST)151 combat missions21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor1 Purple HeartFirst into a war zone, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the Air ForceOne of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. For twenty years, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 "Fighting Falcon," or "Viper." He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Earlier, on 9/11, Hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. Viper Pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780062130365
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 23, 2013

I knew that I'd found a place where even the Elephant doesn't go.

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wash98052
Aug 04, 2015

A natural read for any military aviation buff! As an F-16 fan, I've long been disturbed by the notion that the most maneuverable fighter of its era--the lithe-but-powerful F-16 Viper (Falcon) was being loaded down for what was described as CAS--Close Air Support. VIPER PILOT let me understand the primary role was on the ground was the ever-dangerous Wild Weasel SAM suppression mission of luring missiles to fire at the fighter, then taking them out before they can impact other American bombers, an enterprise hardly suited to its cousin, the F-15 Eagle! And the telling of Hampton's story is full of bravado, excitement and danger! Best Post-War airborne non-fiction
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fazybones
Mar 18, 2013

The best book I've read from a modern fighter pilot and his story is incredible. Only a chapter is dedicated to his training and the book goes right into his first mission flying in combat during the first Gulf War. Highly Recommended!!

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