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Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Age Range: Adult
Author: Dan Hampton
Language: English



About the Book



Action packed and breathtakingly authentic, "Viper Pilot" is the electrifyingmemoir of one of the most decorated F-16 pilots in American history: U.S. AirForce Lieutenant Colonel Hampton, who served for 20 years, flying missions inthe Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War.



Book Synopsis



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - ONE OF THE BEST AIR-COMBAT MEMOIRS OF ALL TIME* BY ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED PILOTS IN AIR FORCE HISTORY+

151 combat missions
21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites
4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor
1 Purple Heart

First into a war zone, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the Air Force

One of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. For twenty years, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 Fighting Falcon, or Viper. He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Earlier, on 9/11, Hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. Viper Pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat.

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151 combat missions
21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites
4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor
1 Purple Heart

First into a war zone, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the Air Force

One of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. For twenty years, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 "Fighting Falcon," or "Viper." He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Earlier, on 9/11, Hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. Viper Pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat.



Review Quotes




"Offers a gripping cockpit view of modern air combat ... Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior. ... An outstanding work."--Booklist (starred review)

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

"Viper Pilot is an awesome adrenaline rush. If you love action packed modern day war stories then strap yourself in and get ready for a gut-wrenching, g-force defying thrill ride!"--ALEX KERSHAW, bestselling author of The Liberator and The Few

"Viper Pilot is an instant aviation classic. Dan Hampton's thrilling portrayals of combat missions kept me glued to the story, and he has captured the essence of Wild Weasel fighter operations as no one has before."--BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID L. MOODY (Retired USAF)

"Viper Pilot is fantastic. Lt. Col. Dan Hampton offers a personal, irreverent, no-holds-barred look into the life of an Air Force fighter pilot. A great read!"--DALE BROWN, former USAF Captain and New York Times bestselling author of A Time for Patriots

"Dan Hampton's Viper Pilot truly impressed me--if you're a combat vet, it's sweaty palms again; if not, strap in and get ready. Filled with lots of action, here's a real and up-close look at modern fighter combat, told straight from the cockpit."--COLONEL JACKSEL BROUGHTON (USAF, Ret.), recipient of the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism and author of Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot's Life

"The best air combat memoir I have ever read... An incredible look into the unique culture of Wild Weasels."--Tyler Rogoway, Foxtrot Alpha, a Gawker Media site

"A rare riveting memoir of a highly decorated fighter pilot that's packed with grit, swagger, and great humor. Do not miss this one!"--W.E.B. GRIFFIN & WILLIAM E. BUTTERWORTH IV

"Hampton's one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history. ... We may never see his like again."--New York Post

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