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Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat Paperback – May 14, 2013
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“Hampton’s one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history. ... We may never see his like again.” (New York Post)
“Offers a gripping cockpit view of modern air combat ... Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior. ... An outstanding work.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Viper Pilot is an awesome adrenaline rush. If you love action packed modern day war stories then strap yourself in and get ready for a gut-wrenching, g-force defying thrill ride!” (ALEX KERSHAW, bestselling author of The Liberator and The Few)
“Viper Pilot is fantastic. Lt. Col. Dan Hampton offers a personal, irreverent, no-holds-barred look into the life of an Air Force fighter pilot. A great read!” (DALE BROWN, former USAF Captain and New York Times bestselling author of A Time for Patriots)
“Viper Pilot is an instant aviation classic. Dan Hampton’s thrilling portrayals of combat missions kept me glued to the story, and he has captured the essence of Wild Weasel fighter operations as no one has before.” (BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID L. MOODY (Retired USAF))
“Dan Hampton’s Viper Pilot truly impressed me--if you’re a combat vet, it’s sweaty palms again; if not, strap in and get ready. Filled with lots of action, here’s a real and up-close look at modern fighter combat, told straight from the cockpit.” (COLONEL JACKSEL BROUGHTON (USAF, Ret.), recipient of the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism and author of Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot's Life)
“Dramatic. ... Viper Pilot delivers 300 pages of aviation fireworks.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The best air combat memoir I have ever read... An incredible look into the unique culture of Wild Weasels.” (Tyler Rogoway, Foxtrot Alpha, a Gawker Media site)
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Top Customer Reviews
Thank you Mr. Hampton. I thank you for your service, I thank you for writing such a truly enjoyable read and I thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with us.
Books like this are why I love to read.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Dan Hampton is the "real deal." He's irreverent. He's cocky (and I personally never had any use for a USAF pilot who didn't think he was the best thing to ever come down road). He's hilarious. Most of all, he is possessed of a deadpan, gunslinger mentality and a sense of purpose focused on doing the things he promised his country he would do in its defense...without hesitation and with lethal determination. I have known "2Dogs" for well over two decades. He is everything I trained him to be as a USAF student pilot and he became everything I knew he could be as a fighter pilot.
For those who have worn the wings of a U.S. Air Force pilot, or the wings of any other military aviator, Dan Hampton's tale will take you back to places in your memory that are familiar, regardless of aircraft flown, and will be a part of you, forever. For those who have never had the privilege of aviation service, Lt. Col.Read more ›
From 1986 to 2006 Lt. Col. Dan Hampton performed 151 combat missions as a Wild Weasel fighter pilot, flew over 600 combat hours around the world and has logged over 3000 flight hours while in the USAF from 1986-2006. He has 21 hard kills on surface-to-air-missile sites. 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, 1 Purple Heart, and more medals and accommodations than I can list. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. Dan spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the boarder and deep into Iraq and Baghdad and also has several awards for tactical innovation.
Now retired, he has time to write about all of his experiences within the USAF and all of his missions while in Iraq and other places around the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read! Really enjoyed it and had me captivated. Completed in about 36 hr period.Published 8 days ago by Terry T.
This is a truly incredible story! I've never read a book that truly made me feel I was in the cockpit! His stories are very well selected, riveting, and admirable. Read morePublished 11 days ago by wsutton
Puts you right in the action! Dan Hampton is a great writer. I couldn't put the book down! If you like reading war stories this is a must read!Published 13 days ago by N. Smith
Never read a more interesting account of air combat. The author is a fighter pilot and painted a cool picture of the kind of unique individual that goes to work in a g-suitPublished 19 days ago by R. C. Bremer
Very good, with detailed descriptions of combat maneuvering and the stress of fuel, ammo and enemy missile status. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Charles T. Parker
Great action stories. Would have been 5 star if the author would have given more background and narrative rather than all the detailed action. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mark Knott
This tells the history of theme and women who serve in our armed forces. They are our past, present, and future.Published 20 days ago by Lawrence R. VanPelt
The reality of aviation combat is revealed in a straightforward narrative told by a proud fighter. If you enjoy the challenge of flying, you will appreciate the details of air... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Thomas Callan