Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16

Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16

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by Dan Hampton
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation—a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today’s

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The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation—a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today’s technologically expert warriors flying supersonic jets.

One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary stories of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. Told in his acclaimed high-octane style, Lords of the Sky is a fresh and exhilarating look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.

Editorial Reviews

STEPHEN COONTS
“An excellent, well-researched, literate overview of 20th century warfare and the development of the fighter plane. Lords of the Sky will captivate history and aviation buffs alike.”
CHRISTINA OLDS
“Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this must-read chronological history of fighter pilots reads like a great literary novel. Dan Hampton has crafted an important work that is sure to become a classic within the historic lore of military aviation.”
New York Post
Praise for Viper Pilot: “Hampton’s one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history.... We may never see his like again.”
MICHAEL KORDA
“Dramatic, fast-paced, and definitive — a pleasure for everyone who loves reading about aviation, and the life-and-death drama of air combat.”
Major General DON SHEPPERD (USAF Ret.)
“An epic history of the fighter pilot world by a gifted author and historian with the trained eye of a combat pilot. This will be an enduring work of aviation literature. Experience the thrill, hear the wind, encounter the danger: Read this book!”
Colonel WALTER BOYNE (USAF
“Superbly written. Paints a vivid picture of the skills, scares, scars, and science of air combat brilliantly, weaving them into a fascinating historical fabric that embraces technology, history, and politics. Buffs and the general public will agree that this is a first in the field!”
Library Journal
10/01/2013
Winner of four Distinguished Flying Crosses during 20 years' service with the U.S. Air Force, as recounted in his New York Times best-selling Viper Pilot, Hampton starts with the Red Baron's World War I triplane to clarify the history of famous fighting planes and how they changed warfare. Expect flash; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062262103
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2014
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
16,992
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years (1986–2006) in the United States Air Force. For his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. A frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs, military, aviation, and intelligence issues, he has published in Aviation History, the Journal of Electronic Defense, Air Force Magazine, Vietnam magazine, and Airpower magazine, and written several classified tactical works for the USAF Weapons Review. He is the author of the national bestsellers Viper Pilot and Lords of the Sky, as well as a novel, The Mercenary.

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