Viper Pilot by Dan Hampton

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A colorful memoir of a pilot who had a great deal of fun during his career


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.


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The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years in the USAF (1986-2006). 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 elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School. Hampton was named his squadron’s Instructor Pilot of the Year six times and pioneered air combat tactics that are now standard. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he has published articles in the Journal of Electronic Defense, Air Force Magazine, and Airpower Magazine, as well as several classified tactical works for the USAF Fighter Weapons Review.
Published October 2, 2012 by William Morrow. 364 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Oct 21 2012
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Sep 15 2012

A colorful memoir of a pilot who had a great deal of fun during his career

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A thrilling true story of courage and commitment rife with excitement, danger, and glory

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Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Oct 05 2012

He opened the reader’s eyes to a thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare by sharing his experience of being a highly trained, innovative, and gutsy fighter.

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