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By the USAF F-16 legend behind the bestselling memoir Viper Pilot, this is the first comprehensive history of fighter pilots and air combat—a unique, riveting look at the aces of the sky, their machines, their most daring missions, and the epic conflicts they shaped, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today's supersonic jets
Lords of the Sky is a thrilling history of the fighter pilot, masterfully written by one of the most decorated aviators in American history. A twenty-year USAF veteran who flew more than 150 combat missions and received four Distinguished Flying Crosses, Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton draws on his singular firsthand knowledge, as well as groundbreaking research in aviation archives and rare personal interviews with little-known heroes, including veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In a seamless, sweeping narrative, Lords of the Sky tells the extraordinary stories behind the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend.
In the Great War, aces such as Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), Eddie Rickenbacker, and Roland Garros faced horrific survival rates and became romantic heroes. The Second World War saw the RAF locked in a struggle for the fate of civilization during the Battle of Britain; on the Eastern Front, the German Luftwaffe and Soviet Air Force grappled in some of the fiercest and bloodiest air battles in history. In the Pacific, Japanese pilots terrorized Asia, culminating in their attack on Pearl Harbor. American flyboys quickly became instrumental to the Allies' ultimate victory, ravaging the enemy's navy, providing life-saving air support for ground troops, escorting bombers, and dogfighting with Japanese Zeros and Nazi Messerschmitts. During the Cold War, conflicts in Korea and Vietnam featured the dawn of the jet age, in which American pilots battled Soviet-made MiGs and increasingly sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry. Hampton then draws on his own experience as an F-16 pilot who fought in the 1991 and 2003 wars against Iraq to bring to life the dangers and demands of today's modern fighter pilot.
Here are the stories behind history's most iconic aircraft and the aviators who piloted them: from the Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane to the Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire, Nazi Bf 109, P-51 Mustang, Grumman Hellcat, F-4 Phantom, F-105 Thunderchief, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 SuperHornet, and beyond. Here, too, are the Lafayette Escadrille, Flying Tigers, RAF Eagles, Wild Weasels, and other legendary units. Throughout this definitive history, Hampton clarifies the astonishing debt we owe to these daring Lords of the Sky who have ruled the air for more than a century.
I only bought this book, because I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Hampton's first book, Viper Pilot.
Also, the book suffers from poor editing, There are several pages where sentences are either awkwardly worded or completely ungrammatical.
Dan Hampton has been able to create an extremely well researched book that blends history with gripping real life drama.
Good info for any history buff about the air warbirds and their pilots. I found the loss of chivalry during WWI to be interesting. Read morePublished 5 days ago by ronald hamilton
Loved his first book :Vipor. However lost interest in this book in last 50 pages. Subject was too broad so I had no empathy with characters. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Larry F
One of the best reads on the history of air warfare I have ever read. Good mix of action and background. A must read for anyone who is interested in military aviation.Published 8 days ago by Christopher J Starr
This is the most comprehensive work of air combat I have ever read. I highly recommend this work. Col. Read morePublished 9 days ago by donald lonon
Lords of the sky....most of them were missing in action. Yes this book provides some good history about air warfare but there was so many details about the ground war of WWI and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Michael K. Olson
This is a really worthwhile read. Written by a pilot about the machines that flew in combat and support roles from WW 1 to the Gulf War and beyond. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Terry Carew
1-Interesting discussion on the inter-war years between WW1 and WW2. How the Luftwaffe and Soviet Union worked together to develop aircraft and used the Spanish Civil... Read more