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Stealth Fighter: A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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He also gave me a new perspective on the war with the Serbs that I had not heard before. This was very eye opening and is an excellent read for anyone striving for a top ranking position in the US military.
I fully enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone in the Air Force or anyone wanting to join the Air Force.
EDIT 1: During some of my military training I actually got to meet one of the guys mentioned in the book: Speedy. He was a civilian and the only reason I bothered to ask if he ever flew F-117s was because he was wearing a "Black Sheep" lanyard. Having the book fresh in my head, I asked him about it. He was very quick to admit to having flown them and having known Lt Col O'Connor, the author of the book.
Oh, and he had a lengthy defense about "never missing his target" despite blowing up a cemetery. He claimed he hit his target, but the computer was programmed wrong. We all had a good laugh. Most notably he told us quite a few stories that he said were deemed a bit too saucy for the book.
All-in-all, these guys truly are larger than life and meeting one of them only made the book that much more real and enjoyable. Again, I highly recommend this book. It's amazing.
His additional comments regarding how the war - excuse me, 'strikes' - were prosecuted were acutely interesting and, most understandably, depressing. It's said that many of the officers who were junior during Viet Nam felt that if they remained in the service and the future brought another conflict, they would by such time likely be in positions of authority and would never allow the ridiculous shenanigans perpetrated by civilian leaders to occur again. This is so and actions such as 'Shock & Awe' but one example. If you're going to fight... fight... don't nibble. Unfortunately, these lessons were forgotten or ignored when it came to Serbia.
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WONDERFUL book and story about flight testing and flying the F-117A stealth aircraft in combat. A "must have" in any modern aviation library!!Published 3 months ago by john
Good first-person account as a pilot of an F-117 in peacetime and war.Published 3 months ago by condor21467
Very interesting book from the inside of the stealth community within the wider AF community.Published 9 months ago by Vincent Vagner
Not quite finished with "Stealth Fighter" but have been pleased with the interesting account of flying the F117! Good read.Published 12 months ago by timjim
I love reading and studying about history and especially recent history. The best part about this book is that it was written by an actual pilot that used to fly an F-117 and saw... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Isaac
Very interesting read on the history of the F-117 and the author's experiences in learning to operate the aircraft as well as his experiences flying missions in the air campaign... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
IT IS GREAT - ONE HAS TO UNDERSTAND THE STEELY NERVES OF A FIGHTER PILOT AND HIS ABSOLUTE TRUST IN THE INSTRUMENTS IN HIS MACHINE.Published 18 months ago by BIRD CREEK BOOKS
I almost never read books about the Gulf or Kosovo Wars. My interest in the history of military operations ends with World War II. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Terry Sunday