Viper Pilot

Viper Pilot : A Memoir of Air Combat

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"Viper Pilot" is the high-octane memoir of one of America's elite aviators: a twenty-year battle-seasoned pilot who flew 151 combat missions in the world's most iconic fighter plane - the F-16 Fighting Falcon - the Viper as its pilots call it. A fighter pilot who came of age at the end of the Cold War, Dan Hampton was one of the flyers scrambled into the skies on 9/11. With the onset of the Iraq War, he saw extensive action and was one of the Wild Weasels, a select cadre of highly trained, innovative, and gutsy fighters who flew into hostile territory first to draw enemy fire-revealing the positions of their antiaircraft weaponry for our forces to destroy. For his actions Hampton received an extraordinary three Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor and a Purple Heart. As a young flyer a decade earlier, he flew combat sorties in the first Gulf War and the Kosovo conflict. Hampton takes readers into rarefied air: the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat, offering a fascinating look into the mind and making of those elite few who have the right stuff.
He recounts gripping stories of saving American soldiers on the ground from certain death, of evading heat-seeking missiles that were locked on his tail, and of being wounded in an enemy's air strike on his base. He also reveals what it takes both mentally and physically to become the best of the best. A thrilling true story of courage and commitment rife with excitement, danger, and glory, "Viper Pilot" is one remarkable man's tale of what's like to be a true hero of the skies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0062130358
  • 9780062130358
  • 391,892

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"Dramatic. ... "Viper Pilot" delivers 300 pages of aviation fireworks."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Dan Hampton

U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton served in the United States Air Force for twenty years (1986-2006). For his service in the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War, he received three Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, seven Air Force Medals with Valor, four Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. Hampton was named his squadron's Instructor Pilot of the Year six times and pioneered air-combat tactics that are now standard. He has written for the Journal of Electronic Defense, Air Force Magazine, Airpower Magazine, and several classified tactical works for the USAF Fighter Weapons Review. A graduate of Texas A and M University, Col. Hampton lives outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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