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Action-packed and breathtakingly authentic, Viper Pilot is the electrifying memoir of one of the most decorated F-16 pilots in American history: U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton, who served for twenty years, flying missions in the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War.

Both a rare look into the elite world of fighter pilots and a thrilling first-person account of contemporary air combat, Viper Pilot soars—a true story of courage, skill, and commitment that will thrill U.S. Special Forces buffs, aviation and military history aficionados, and fans of the novels of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.


Viper Pilot
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3.9 / 5
The best book on military aviation
April 8th, 2015
I have read many non-fiction books on this subject, some were very good, but this one stands out. The verbal descriptions of engagements kept me riveted, as if I was watching the action. The book is easy to read and enjoyable, the author must have the natural storytelling talent (in addition to being a fighter pilot with combat experience).
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Viper Pilot - A Memoir of Air Combat
March 20th, 2014
A great read that puts you in the cockpit of a F16 while in a combat arena.
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Viper Pilot
March 5th, 2014
Very informative and an in depth view of modern day air combat. It gets a pretty technical and if you aren't versed in aeronautical lingo you might want to pass this one. That was the only reason I gave it 4 stars, otherwise it would've been 5... It has to be technical to better explain the complexities of air combat and it makes you feel like your in the pilot seat hearing the "bitching betty" sound as a SA-3 is coming at you... To me it was heart pounding and gave me a very in depth look at the USAF fighter pilot mentality and their ability to process a situation with 20 different things coming at them. That's what makes this book delightful. You get to see how they think not just "BAAM... Scratch one bogey... RTB" end of story... The author did a tremendous job in explaining every minute detail to make the reader better understand the life. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any military aviation enthusiast or the like...
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