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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753821990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753821992
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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"Brutally honest" -- Navy News

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The gripping personal story of a Falklands Fighter Ace.

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I had been waiting for this chap to write his story, and got the book with bated breath. I wasn't disapointed. This is a great, honest tale written by a great pilot. I remember watching him land on "Hermes" after the famous "I counted them all out" sortie on the television and him sitting up in his cockpit and giving the "thumbs up" to the camera after his aircraft had been damaged, and aspired to be him! (Never made it though!). Definately recommended.

Well done, Sir.
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One of the few first hand accounts of the air war in the South Atlantic, unfortunately Morgan seems more interested in telling the reader about the affair he was having at the time than what was actually going on. As a RAF officer serving with 800 NAS he has some interesting insights, but this book could have been a lot better. Disappointing.
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I have been interested in aircraft carrier operations and the Falklands war for sometime but stumbled upon this item by chance while trawling through the military history section.

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
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Very good book, interesting to see the different views of both Dave and Sharkey ward in his book harrier over the Falkland's. Dave said the blue fox radar useless and Sharkey who had worked on the Sea harrier from its introduction to the Faa said it worked great when set up correctly.
I would recommend reading both books as they are both Excellent and give views of the conflict from two perspectives.
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There is no doubt that the author is a brave pilot who, when called to do his duty, did it to his best with little thought for his own safety. You have to respect this.

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.
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If I buy a book called "Hostile Skies" it is probably because I am interested in air combat during the Falkland's war. I can't figure out why the author felt it necessary to include, and thought his readers would be interested in, a section on his short lived affair with some German woman 10 years his junior?? Is this really relevant or is he just bragging?
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An open and honest account as much about the man as the Falklands conflict. It gives a good insight into the air war and relates to other Falklands books well. One of several to read to get an overall picture of the British air support to the campaign. (Suggest "Sea Harrier over the Falklands" and "Vulcan 607" on the same topic. )
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I thought this was an Honest account of the Air war in the falklands with a lot less griping and moaning than in "Sharkeys" book and a very human touch to it .I was on 801 nas with the author in the late 80s and he used to make the deck crews howl when he used to pull faces looking at us as he was launching!!!
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