Very interesting story on the life of an elite combat pilot. Gives good background on the pilot training and good stories of war experiences. The reader does a very nice job with the text.
Very well written book. Paints a vivid picture in your head very often. Narrator was perfectly selected for this book. Lots of energy, and sounds like a true pilot.
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.