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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marine Corps FA-18 pilot's story of the Gulf War
Don't turn to Hornets Over Kuwait for enlightenment on the "grand strategy" of the Gulf War; none is forthcoming--nor should it be. This is a is a first-person memoir of the war from the cockpit and the author's perspective is only as wide as his FA-18's windscreen. It's a lively narrative history told in the patois of the fighter pilot. The author, a USMC...
Published on May 19, 1998 by Captain B. J. Dysart, USN (Ret...

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3.0 out of 5 stars A book for backyards BBQ
Take a sunny 4th of July, hamburgers grilling in the backyard, a cold beer at hand. You sit down and chew the fat with a man who flew Hornets for the Marines during the Gulf war. He tells you his stories from an anecdotic point of view. Put that chat into a book and you get "Hornets over Kuwait". It does not put you "in the cockpit", not lay...
Published on September 7, 1999


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marine Corps FA-18 pilot's story of the Gulf War, May 19, 1998
This review is from: Hornets Over Kuwait (Hardcover)
Don't turn to Hornets Over Kuwait for enlightenment on the "grand strategy" of the Gulf War; none is forthcoming--nor should it be. This is a is a first-person memoir of the war from the cockpit and the author's perspective is only as wide as his FA-18's windscreen. It's a lively narrative history told in the patois of the fighter pilot. The author, a USMC Captain at the time of the war, is not a dispassionate observer. Rather, he brings genuine enthusiasm to his story; enthusiasm for the Hornet, for Marine Corps aviation, and for his comrades-in-arms. He does, however, display the junior officer's typically irreverent attitude toward superiors and "the system." In the midst of his tale, he makes brief "detours" to take pot shots at the Navy, the Air Force, two-seat FA-18s, Harriers, women in the military, and assorted "boobs and doofs." His ebullience for the Hornet is understandable--like a cowboy's love of his horse--but his analysis of the Hornet's efficacy in delivering "dumb" bombs accurately in a modern high-threat environment should be balanced with less passionate opinion. The author can be forgiven his bursts of enthusiasm for as Winston Churchill once said "There is nothing so exhilarating in life as to be shot at without effect." Turn to other books for strategic analysis of the Gulf War air campaign, but read this one to get the view from the cockpit.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for backyards BBQ, September 7, 1999
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This review is from: Hornets Over Kuwait (Hardcover)
Take a sunny 4th of July, hamburgers grilling in the backyard, a cold beer at hand. You sit down and chew the fat with a man who flew Hornets for the Marines during the Gulf war. He tells you his stories from an anecdotic point of view. Put that chat into a book and you get "Hornets over Kuwait". It does not put you "in the cockpit", not lay any literary claim. It dose leave you though with the pleasant feeling of a friendly Holiday chat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, on the F18., June 21, 1999
This review is from: Hornets Over Kuwait (Hardcover)
Its not a pretentious book, and its not a complete history of the region, but it gives a good feel for the problems and solutions faced by the F18 Hornets during the Gulf War. It illustrates everything that has to go on, to make the package work. Very good on tactics.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining book about the Gulf War, November 16, 2000
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From my point of view, this is a very entertaining book about the Gulf War. The author share with us the life at the battle field on the gorund & up in the air flying. The author said all about what he & his team mates do when not flying any mission & this was really entertaining & fun. Further more, the most interesting part is about the missions that the author flew which most of them are bombing mission & telling us the danger that they faced & the enjoyment after hitting their targets. Actually, this book is just like the dairy of the author, telling us everything he had been doing during the Gulf War. Although there isn't any air to air combat, it's still very interesting because of the amazing bombing missions that he & his team mates flew together. Further more, they were using the FLIR(Forward looking infra-red) pod to find there targets in the dark. The author is flying the F/A-18A Hornet from VMFA-451 Worlords at that time. They were also join by others Marines fighter squadrons too & have been working together during the war. Surprisingly, the Marines perform more strike missions than the Navy did & that's very impressing. I may have said a lot of interesting stuff but you'll have to read it to find out for yourself & I'm sure whoever bought this book will enjoy it a lot, just like I did. You just got to read this book & that's all I can say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paen to the Hornet, June 8, 2014
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Great story! One pilot's view of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Would wish that Lt Col Stout and the Naval Institute Press would realize that Marine is a proper noun! Damm the new york times!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, May 19, 2014
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Gave an insightful account of the day to day missions of a marine F18 driver. You don't want to put it down.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't go for it, May 8, 2014
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The book was a total disappointment for me. As in another book titled Tuskers, here you'll find too many citations to the upper level top brass. I understand and every reader will understand that the author lost the common sense and decided istead to please his superiors. That's lot the best way to write a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hornets Over Kuwait, November 23, 2013
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A good read from a marine pilot flying a twin engine Hornet fighter/bomber aircraft in Kuwait in the first gulf war. Written with a military pilot's humorous point of view, this book will entertain you as well as inform you. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book to read., October 5, 2013
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It is an awesome book written based on the perspective of a marine pilot with honesty. There are many books authored in the view of navy aviators or air force pilots. The book has a little bit different and unique view point on the war. Also, he described tactics he used on war. Recommend it for the guys who are interested in the military aviation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, August 24, 2013
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I've read a handful of really good military memoirs in the last few years, such as Sagittarius Rising and A Rumor of War, and Hornets Over Kuwait is right there amongst those fine works. The author details his experiences during the first gulf war with great detail, his writing style is brisk and clear, and there is a sharp sense of humor throughout the book. There is the definite sense that we're getting an inside look into the life of a marine fighter pilot, and this includes the technical details, jargon, missions, boredom and isolation that makes up daily life in combat. Highly recommended!
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