this book takes you into the cockpit of an f16 fighter pilot. Hampton also brings you into to the world and culture of fighter pilots. Didn't want it to end. I'm buying the hardback for my library.
What i love about soldier-written books is their lack of embellishment. By telling a story with only its pertinent details, I am able to visualize and imagine.
Great reading and performance
retired electrical /software quality assurance engineer residing in central northern Florida
Nice to hear an account of the current generation of the wild weasel aircraft
My experiences were with previous generations of the type of aircraft
This audio book was exactly what I was looking for. The story and the performance were very good. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the aerial combat. Well worth the time.
Dan Hampton is either as truly gifted as a writer as he was a pilot, or he owes his ghostwriter a huge shout-out and thanks.
This is among the most clearly- written military memoirs I've EVER read or listened to, and the story-telling is direct and compelling. The author(s) do an especially strong job of explaining jargon and some relevant military history in clear terms, readily understandable to a general audience.
The overall editing, though, could have been stronger. As good a job as the author did explaining jargon, etc., the same explanation sometimes gets repeated. My best guess would be that the editor played around with the chapter order, wanted the "sidebars" in both places, then forgot to take out the duplicate material when the book went to press.
That said, the story becomes a bit repetitive. And, as the author sometimes gets carried away with his "humble-bragging," you sometimes wonder how he managed to fit his ego into the cockpit on each mission.
Some of Hampton's carping about substandard sleeping and eating arrangements he endured while stationed overseas comes off as whiny. You wind up wondering if he understands that others engaged in front-line combat don't similarly sleep in "shared" beds and line up cafeterias for meals between each mission. There are, as well, some "score-settling" passages, that come off as petty.
But in a world where it seems like every recently-retired SEAL is writing a book, it's nice to read about a Chair Force officer's experience when going to war -- especially in a book as well-written as this one.
People who share the authors contempt for teamwork.
Grow up and realize that you are part of a team.
Dan Hampton displays the worst qualities of a single seat fighter jock who's had nothing but sunshine blown up his ass since he went to pilot school. His accomplishments speak for themselves. It's really too bad that his ego can't allow himself to feel good about those accomplishments without denigrating every other individual in the room. To be certain American military history is full of mismanagement by rear echelon bureaucrats but this guy holds everyone else in the room who didn't ride the tax payer funded steed into battle in contempt.
I've spent my entire life surrounded by aviators of all sorts from both my own as well as my dads generation and it's a rare individual indeed that displays Mr Hamptons arrogance regardless of their personal accomplishments.
Being in the Air National Guard myself, yet not a flyer, I appreciated the great attention to detail and depth of experience this man has had, faithfully serving our country. His experiences and almost surreal placement in key Air Force battles was shocking to me. To read about history and then hear someone's account of actually having been there...
There were several that would qualify. It was overall an amazing memoir.
I bought this one for my husband and I to listen to on a road trip---it did not disappoint me, and my husband (retired Naval Aviator, R & D pilot with 2 combat cruises to VN) smiled a lot during the listen---and I'm not sure if his expression was in recognition, admiration, or disbelief. For exciting descriptions of the aviator's experience as well as a look into the recent desert wars, this account works very well.
I have listened to this book twice and will probably will listen to it again.
I almost didn't pick this one because there were some mixed reviews. I'm sure glad I did as this was one of the better first-person accounts I've read. The author writes with such incredible detail that you feel as though you are in the cockpit next to him.
IMO this book serves a a lesson to today's generals as well. First- we succeeded in the gulf wars because we had trained to fight a super power (Russia). Also, in an era where many rear echelon generals are in charge of the military, and claiming that robot plains will replace fighter pilots and ground troops - we must never forget that wars will always be won through a combination of combat pilots AND infantry working towards a common objective.
The book was informative and entertaining and I'm certainly glad I selected it.