Written by one of America's true heros, Dan describes in exciting detail the remarkable skills it takes to pilot a modern day fighter and displays the incredible bravery it takes to continually draw the weapons of the enemy on himself to save many lives of our brave souls on the ground in extremely dangerous circumstances.
It is one of the best stories I have listened to yet. It is filled with thrilling tales of combat as seen through the eyes of a true American hero. John Pruden does an excellent job of narrating the story and greatly added to pleasure of listening. Well done!
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A friend of mine asked me if I had a copy of "Viper Pilot". Since my friend and I have similar taste in books, I thought that I would give it a try. I was hooked on this book. "Viper Pilot" is self written by Dan Hampton, who is a combat pilot during several wars, including Iraq. Lt. Col. Dan Hampton is such an excellent writer that I felt like one of his wingman in Wild Weasels in the Air Force. I will be passing this title along to my friend to borrow. "Viper Pilot" was so well written that I really thought that I was in the cockpit in the F-16, dogfighting in the air.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I love the way the author describes the combat action and I like to daydream I'm right there in the cockpit during the exciting descriptions.
I don't mind the opinions offered by the author and respect his perspective.
It's cool how a fighter pilot views and engages his world.
I usually leans towards to these types of books ( military and military history) and this one is a favorite.
Fighter pilots are known for being cocky, but this author is a legendary jerk that spends more time talking about how nearly everyone he's encountered during his service was an idiot or an out-of-touch bureaucrat than he does talking about his mission. He enjoys talking about how smart and accomplished he is, yet attributes Newton's third law to Einstein, saying "Einstein, ever the father of tactics, stated correctly that every action has an opposite reaction." He even criticizes his fellow Viper pilots for using anti-radiation missiles as if they're cowards for not using bombs instead, and basically everyone else in the USAF disagrees with him on this point as ARMs have an absolutely valid place in the tactics of SEAD. Not to mention the only reason he was able to pull of some of his PGM strikes was because of his compatriots who suppressed defenses with ARMs while he was conducting cowboy strikes.
That said, there aren't many audiobooks out there by F-16 pilots so if you are like me and looking specifically for Viper experiences, you may have to hold your nose and put up with the arrogance, as he is an accomplished pilot after all. If you don't have a reason for specifically reading about the F-16 and are instead interested in general combat aviation, there are loads of better books available from more reasonable and intelligent pilots.
You just can't listen to a dog fight play by play at normal speed. 2.0 seemed the max speed & "understandably" while listening, 1.7 was my average. A fantastic series of stories to enjoy while rocking the baby to sleep.
I sat on this for most of the summer but once I started it, I couldnt turn it off. Makes me proud to say my tax dollars went to support the Wild Weasels. Thank You Lt. Col. Hampton for your service to our country.
I enjoyed tremendously Hampton's style of writing, the humour he inserted, and the excellent way he depicted the experiences he had. I would love to let my children read about these kinds of stories, because the history and knowledge they can gain is tremendous. However, the use of the F Bomb is so excessive in this book that there is no way I can hand this book down. That is the ONLY reason I gave it less then 5 stars!
Although I did not finish the book, the part of flying with the Egyptians, especially when he was telling his protege' to keep his nose up, was one of the best parts!