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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and informative, a first-person perspective
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars No thanks.
I think the guy who wrote this has a major ego problem. Some of the things he comes out with really beggar belief, and this from someone entrusted with a flying killing machine.
Published 19 months ago by John Dixon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and informative, a first-person perspective, 1 Jan 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with a Wild Weasel!, 28 July 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild weasel over the Gulf, 26 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars VIPER PILOT, 28 Jun 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST LETHAL WILD WEASEL PILOT IN THE AIR FORCE TELLS ALL,, 20 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat (Hardcover)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic, 12 April 2014
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Excellently written it reads like a thriller. A must for all aviation fans, hugely enlightening, an insight into modern warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 13 Sep 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best accounts of a military fighter pilot have ever read, 7 Oct 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read, 2 Jan 2013
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I downloaded the Kindle version with the enhanced video. Well worth it and what a great book. Dan writes with an easy to understand language and I found his book extremely interesting. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in aviation, the USAF, fighter jets or if you just want a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 11 Nov 2012
This review is from: Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat (Hardcover)
Don't hesitate in buying, this is one of the best books about air combat I have read. Hampton has you on the edge of the seat all the way through and you can't put it down.
His writing style is detailed and at the same time witty. Clearly a professional and very talented.
The digital edition with the videos is well worth it.
Enjoy.
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