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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.
Well written and reinforces what I have learned in "No Parachute" and "Flying Fury". Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Gary c. Barnett
This is a history of fighters and fighter pilots over the past 100 years, as fighter pilots initiated with the start of WWI in 1914. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by J. Groen
I loved this read, and I am putting this book in the hands of several friends whom I know will enjoy it too. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tim Hegadorn
This book is an excellent choice for those who want a brief history on the subject of fighter pilots and air combat. Read morePublished 4 days ago by larry
Since reading Mr Hampton's book Viper Pilot I was interested in his take on piloting in other eras. I have read several books on pilots,planes and much on war in general. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nicholson
If you are a History buff and love the art of aerial combat then you will like this book.Published 13 days ago by Doug Napolitano
This book was listed as in NEW condition. It came slightly beat up on the front right corner. I had intended it for a gift, and was quite disappointed.Published 14 days ago by jerisue Phillips
Interesting and informative. I would recommend it to any aviation buff.Published 15 days ago by Leroy