Hostile Skies Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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The gripping personal story of a Falklands Fighter Ace.See all Product Description
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Well done, Sir.
The book cover the exploits of an RAF sea harrier pilot seconded to the Fleet Air Arm at the time of the Falklands war. It covers much of the same ground as "Sharkey" Ward's Sea Harrier South Atlantic. Morgan goes very quickly from being a trainee on the SHAR to extensive carrier sorties over the South Atlantic.
Both books suffer from the personal agendas of the authors. Wards book is full of carping and animosity regarding the RAF and the antics of senior Brass generally. Morgan, as a "Crab" in terms of Wards book (an RAF pilot) seems refreshingly free of these prejudices. He does however burden us with aspects of his personal life (his antics with his German, blonde girlfriend/mistress/muse//disciple and his serial adultery) which I felt this book could really do without.
The detail of the air operations of Operation corporate are well handled but you don't really get the feel of the tactics being pursued. You get a much better feel for what is was like to be part of the air war in many of the classic biographies of the WWII period.
It your took the best aspects of these two book by obviously brave and able aviators you would get a classic account of the air war over the Falklands
I would recommend reading both books as they are both Excellent and give views of the conflict from two perspectives.
But I lost that respect when I read the passages covering his relationship with his " disciple". I was left feeling that he thought his behavior was natural, for which he bore no responsibility. When writing the letter to his wife, that she would receive if he dies, he talks about his "uncanny bond" with his young mistress. How "my relationship with Antje made me even more aware of my love for you..." And how it was a "just a natural progression to go to bed together." Is that what a woman just widowed, the mother of his children, wants to read?
As someone interested in the history of the Falklands War I enjoyed the book, but the personal content was, for me, difficult to stomach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and informative account of the Falkland air war as seen by a Royal Air Force officer attached to the Fleet Air Arm. Would recommend highly.Published 6 months ago by John Allison
A good account of the Falklands conflict. Not particularly well written but nevertheless an interesting insight into the lives of pilots involved.Published 11 months ago by Harry
A first class account by one of the front-line Sea Harrier pilots whose actions were key in retaking the Falkland Islands.Published 13 months ago by docdr
I have read many books by pilots who served during the Falklands conflict,all giving their impersonal accounts of day to day operations! Read morePublished 13 months ago by terry
Very good read. I liked the inclusion of some of the more personal aspects of his life happening during the conflict. Read morePublished 15 months ago by flying coffin
I was a radar operater on board Hms Hermes,so was interested to read a pilots take on the operations, enjoyed the book and would recommend this and the book by Sharkey Ward based... Read morePublished 16 months ago by drunkmunkeh
Great insight into the aerial battle of the Falkland Isles. Loved the flow of this book. Always something interesting happening throughout. Highly recommendPublished 18 months ago by julian wensley-smith
A below average account, for a much better read, I enjoyed :
Sea Harrier Over the Falklands: A Maverick at War. Leo Cooper. pp. 299 pages. ISBN 978-0-85052-305-8.