Lords of the Sky

Lords of the Sky

How Fighter Pilots Changed War Forever, From the Red Baron to the F-16

eBook - 2014
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The <New York Times</ bestselling author of <Viper Pilot</ and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation'a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets.</ One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary story of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend.</ Drawing on his expertise, Hampton shines a spotlight on the pioneers who have ruled the air from World War I through the Cold War to today. He provides unique insight into gutsy pioneers such as Manfred von Richthofen and his red triplane, and the flyboys in the iconic P51 Mustang who faced the Nazi Lufwaffe. Here, too, is a thoughtful look at modern air warriors, including his own exploits in the high-tech f-16 Falcon.</ Interwoven throughout this sweeping narrative history is Hampton's personal account of traveling the world to find these storied aircraft. Strapping himself into the cockpit of such planes, he shares the thrill and experience of flying each. Exhilarating, told in his acclaimed high-octane style, <Lords of the Sky</ is a fresh look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.</
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062262103
0062262106
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: The <New York Times</ bestselling author of <Viper Pilot</ and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation'a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets.</ One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary story of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend.</ Drawing on his expertise, Hampton shines a spotlight on the pioneers who have ruled the air from World War I through the Cold War to today. He provides unique insight into gutsy pioneers such as Manfred von Richthofen and his red triplane, and the flyboys in the iconic P51 Mustang who faced the Nazi Lufwaffe. Here, too, is a thoughtful look at modern air warriors, including his own exploits in the high-tech f-16 Falcon.</ Interwoven throughout this sweeping narrative history is Hampton's personal account of traveling the world to find these storied aircraft. Strapping himself into the cockpit of such planes, he shares the thrill and experience of flying each. Exhilarating, told in his acclaimed high-octane style, <Lords of the Sky</ is a fresh look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.</

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SEBoiko
Dec 05, 2014

As always, fighting men are instruments of policy, not the creators of it, ...

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SEBoiko
Dec 05, 2014

War, however, turns all fighting men into professionals, even if only temporarily.

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SEBoiko
Dec 05, 2014

Technology had always been key to German success.

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Dec 05, 2014

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

Assuming that your enemy will do as you expect is always dangerous,...

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tigershark855
Feb 18, 2015

Good overview of the history of air combat, and from a fighter pilot, no less. A very enjoyable book.

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JeanGuy2
Aug 07, 2014

A very well written concise history of all the notable combat pilots from the Great War to the second Iraq conflict. It will broaden your knowledge and give you interesting insights into their personalities and achievements.

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JeanGuy2
Aug 07, 2014

A very well written concise history of all the notable combat pilots from the Great War to the second Iraq conflict. It will broaden your knowledge and give you interesting insights into their personalities and achievements.

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Feb 18, 2015

tigershark855 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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