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

 
 
Author
Dan Hampton.
Publisher William Morrow  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.35 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780062262011
Pages/Publication Date 623/2014
Daedalus Item Code 54077
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A highly decorated retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions between 1986 and 2006—most of them in the nimble F-16 "Viper"—through the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War. Here he offers a thrilling popular history of combat aviation, telling the stories of pilots in such fighting aircraft as the Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane of World War I; the Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire, Nazi Bf 109, P-51 Mustang, and Grumman Hellcat of World War II; the jets of the Korea and Vietnam eras, including the F-4 Phantom and F-105 Thunderchief; and the F-16 and F/A-18s flying today. Here, too, are the exploits of the Lafayette Escadrille, Flying Tigers, RAF Eagles, Wild Weasels, and other legendary units.

"An excellent, well-researched, literate overview of 20th-century warfare and the development of the fighter plane ... [that] will captivate history and aviation buffs alike."—Stephen Coonts

"Superbly written, and Hampton's personal experience is backed up by excellent research. He 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. Aviation buffs and the general public will agree that this is a first in the field."—Walter Boyne

 
 
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