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*Starred Review* This autobiography of a retired USAF F-16 pilot will remind seasoned readers of Jack Broughton’s classic Thud Ridge (1969). It certainly offers the same gripping cockpit view of modern air combat, in this case over Iraq in two wars and patrolling U.S. skies after 9/11. Hampton recounts his training as a pilot, then his selection for F-16s—officially the Fighting Falcon but known in the USAF as the Viper—and finally his training for the most demanding flying done in the F-16, the Wild Weasel missions. These missions are dedicated to the neutralization or, preferably, destruction of enemy air defenses and date back to the first encounters with SAMs, in the Vietnam War. As the radars and missiles on the ground have improved, so have the technology and skills of the Wild Weasel pilots, who must keep themselves and their comrades alive in an air full of high-tech hostility. Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior, and, like most such, he has doubts about the future of American armed forces if they are to be commanded by men who are neither warriors themselves nor particularly empathetic toward those who are. An outstanding work. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A rare riveting memoir of a highly decorated fighter pilot that’s packed with grit, swagger, and great humor. Do not miss this one!” (W.E.B. GRIFFIN & WILLIAM E. BUTTERWORTH IV)
“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)
Accurate insightful and honest Mr Hampton exposes the I issues and victories of our countries combat air arms. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jack Ogg
Awesome. The efort that goes into creating a terrifying set of skills, make those of most other professions pale by comparison. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very engaging. Good mix of technical and stories of bravado, history of F16 CAS in recent combat, humor, and a smattering of political analysis.Published 14 days ago by gt5612a
Awfully arrogant for someone who has only flown against 3rd world forces with 3rd world training. Kind of like a major league baseball team bragging about beating the little... Read morePublished 19 days ago by one2many
If you want true insights into what it takes and what it is like to be a fighter pilot; this is the book to read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Quincy
I normally read fiction in this genre. This was well written, easy to read, and I had a hard time putting this book down! I was caught up in Dan's tensions of the moment. Read morePublished 23 days ago by David E. Leasia
If you're into aviation or the military, or both, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Having read this book and his interview on Jalopnik, Dan Hampton offers an... Read more