Viper Pilot

Viper Pilot

A Memoir of Air Combat

Book - 2012
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From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down--and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow. Today these vital missions are more hazardous than direct air-to-air engagement with enemy aircraft. Hampton's record number of strikes on high-value targets make him the most lethal F-16 Wild Weasel pilot in American history. Hampton spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. In the war that followed, he earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor. With manned missions rapidly giving way to remote-controlled UAV drones, Viper Pilot may be the last memoir by a true hero of the skies.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 337 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062130341
Branch Call Number: 358.40092 Ham


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Aug 04, 2015

A natural read for any military aviation buff! As an F-16 fan, I've long been disturbed by the notion that the most maneuverable fighter of its era--the lithe-but-powerful F-16 Viper (Falcon) was being loaded down for what was described as CAS--Close Air Support. VIPER PILOT let me understand the primary role was on the ground was the ever-dangerous Wild Weasel SAM suppression mission of luring missiles to fire at the fighter, then taking them out before they can impact other American bombers, an enterprise hardly suited to its cousin, the F-15 Eagle! And the telling of Hampton's story is full of bravado, excitement and danger! Best Post-War airborne non-fiction
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Mar 18, 2013

The best book I've read from a modern fighter pilot and his story is incredible. Only a chapter is dedicated to his training and the book goes right into his first mission flying in combat during the first Gulf War. Highly Recommended!!

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