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Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2014
If you're an avid follower of combat aviation or you simply know that a plane is something that flies, then you will enjoy this book. It has unmatched detail of the exact things Lt Col. Hampton did in his cockpit in response to the maze of threats that was Iraq in both Gulf Wars, as well as his experiences in his various training schools and fighter pilot rituals. Reading a hands on perspective from someone who flew over the US hours after 9/11, personally bombed Saddam Hussein's helicopters and has 151 combat missions to his name is an unmissable read.

I fully recommend to anyone seeking an exciting series of story accounts from the front seat - literally.

Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
This was a thoroughly good read. A personal story of a fighter pilot ,involved in both Gulf Wars. Q. How do you know when a fighter pilots in the room? A. He'll tell you. And boy, does he. However, as a personal memoir it conveys a great deal of the complexity of flying and fighting a fast jet. Recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
You felt you were in the cockpit with the Pilot, best aviation book I have read since THE BIG SHOW by Pierre Clostermann.Writing style made the story really flow and the end was reached almost too quickly. Great Read asnd as a Private Pilot I enjoyed every word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2013
A book that truly puts you in the cockpit of an aggressively flown F16. Vivid recollections of missions in great detail by someone who is very straight talking and opinionated. I put this book on a par with battle of Britain memoirs, maybe more so as the descriptions if combat are more detailed and fresher and the theatres more accessible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2014
An excellent book, and Dan Hampton is a humorous and seasoned individual with independent thinking. He shows that he can criticize his own military leadership and government, which I found surprisingly refreshing. It is a good book describing the role of an F16 pilot in air-to-ground missions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2015
Hampton writes 'You'll know if there is a fighter pilot in the room.' and this succinctly describes his memoir. They'll be some who see Hampton as confident, others will see him as arrogant. Personally, I think you need to be arrogant to work in the atmosphere that Hampton forged a successful career. I'm not sure I find him likeable, but I suppose that isn't really the point of this book. His tales of daring missions are at times, too matter-of-factly brushed off. I'd also like to hear more about his progression through 'Top Gun' school. Whilst promising so much more than it delivers, 'Viper Pilot' is nevertheless a very entertaining read, even when Hampton strays into politics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
Excellently written it reads like a thriller. A must for all aviation fans, hugely enlightening, an insight into modern warfare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2014
One of the best accounts of a military fighter pilot have ever read. You not only get feel what it takes but because of the narration what is was like to be there. I swear I could smell the aviation fuel and and the desert air. A must for all aviation fans please read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Five "White Knuckled" Stars! "Viper Pilot" is the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton's experiences as a master F-16 Viper pilot who flew over 150 combat missions. In true edge-of-your-seat action, the opening scene has Hampton, 8 hours in the air and having refueled 5 times, running dangerously low on fuel but diverting to aid ground marines under heavy Iraqi fire, the Iraqi's then begin firing on Hampton's low-lying Weasel, and then fade out...to Chapter 1. He gives the uninitiated readers a seminar on the evolution of war and aircraft, to the dawn of the F-105G in Vietnam (after earlier models had sustained heavy losses from SAMS), aircraft weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, tactics and training, and real life jaw-dropping engagements. He takes the reader through Undergraduate Pilot Training, quickly past 'Holloman widows', to Advanced Survival Training, EWOs, FNGs, wingman duties, the art of briefing, the stringent pilot selection pool, Fighter Weapons School, Khobar towers, the evolving nature of the surface-to-air (SAM) missiles and 'Triple A' threats; the 1960s "Iron Hand", Rolling Thunder, Operation Linebacker I and II missions; and beyond to hair-raising engagements in the two Iraqi wars. Hampton's descriptions of combat puts the reader in the cockpit with him, in flight suits freezing from his own sweat, early cockpit photos show the pilot's viewpoint and fuctional gauges, and the reader even knows what is in his 'bag' on a fighter that can pull 10 Gs. And, oh yes, he completes the opening scene with some harrowing runs on the enemy, and some gut-wrenching refueling and landing scenes. A great wartime Viper pilot read with some profanity. "Sierra Hotel". My Highest Recommendation. Five "YGTBSM" Stars! (336 pages, with Iraq map, over 40 photos of aircraft evolution, missiles, target photos, cockpit photos with details, personal photos, and a detailed F-16CJ schematic. Reviewed in Kindle text and text-to-speech.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Terrific! This man knows how to put his experiences to the reader. He takes you in the cockpit with him on all the missions.
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