Summary of Dan Hampton's Viper Pilot

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: History

Page: 33

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Since the first man combined flight with warfare, other men have been trying to shoot aviators down. The British Royal Air Force became concerned about the German bomber threat in 1917, and developed a 37-mm pom-pom gun. #2 The 1960s saw great technical advances in both aircraft and weapons, which led to the development of new air-combat missions. The Soviets developed the SA-2 Goa, a surface-to-air missile system that could reach speeds of more than 2,600 miles per hour. #3 The American involvement in Vietnam started with air and sea power in 1965. The Vietnamese began importing huge amounts of Soviet hardware, and U. S. pilots flying strike missions were suddenly faced with a very dangerous and unanticipated air-defense threat. #4 The final link in the chain that created the Wild Weasels was the death of Ross Fobair, who was shot down by a SAM near Hanoi in November 1965. His nephew, Bruce Giffin, returned to Vietnam and found his uncle’s remains.

Viper Pilot

Author: Dan Hampton

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062130366

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING MEMOIR OF 21ST-CENTURY AIR COMBAT, BY "ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED PILOTS IN AIR FORCE HISTORY" (NEW YORK POST) 151 combat missions 21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor 1 Purple Heart First into a war zone, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the Air Force One of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. For twenty years, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 "Fighting Falcon," or "Viper." He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Earlier, on 9/11, Hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. Viper Pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat.

Eye of the Viper

Author: Peter Aleshire

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1599217228

Category: History

Page: 312

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Hand-picked, pressure-tested, and full of astronaut gung ho, the young pilots of Eye of the Viper are poised for the toughest assignment of their career: the exhaustive six-month training course at Arizona's Luke Air Force Base, at a cost of $2 million each. Luke, the world's largest fighter wing, is the only F-16 fighter training base in the United States, and each year it produces one thousand pilots who will fly the F-16 from Korea to Afghanistan to Iraq. But being among the elite pilots who are selected for the course is by no means a guarantee that they will earn the right to fly the F-16. Only a few select individuals will have what it takes. Award-winning journalist Peter Aleshire provides a full blast of the rigors and intensity of the course--the personalities, the incredible machines, the irreverence, the bravado, and the toughness, not only of the hand-picked students seeking a place in the warrior subculture, but of the veteran pilots who must teach them how to stay alive.

Viper Force

Author: N.A

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 1610602676

Category: History

Page: 192

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The pilot of the F-16 Viper, which is the U.S. Air Force’s frontline fighter and attack aircraft, is at the pinnacle of combat aviation. Viper Force tells the story of what it takes to become an F-16 pilot and what it’s like to fly and fight the Viper in combat. Because the F-16 is a dual-purpose combat aircraft, its pilot must master two widely divergent disciplines: air-to-air flying against enemy fighters to maintain control of the air over the battle field and air-to-ground flying in support of ground forces, soldiers, and marines, in contact. The crucible for creation of the Viper pilot is the air force’s 56th Fighter Wing, the successor to World War II’s 56th Fighter Group, the legendary Zemke’s Wolpack, which also flew a fighter/attack aircraft, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Viper Force also provides an up-close and personal look at the F-16 Viper squadron at war with information on its missions, command and control in the air, and the crucially important but often overlooked maintenance and ordnance ground crew.

Tanker Pilot

Author: Mark Hasara

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501181661

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7018

"A military memoir with ... stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, or in their everyday lives, by a veteran air-refueling expert, with a foreword by Rush Limbaugh"--Provided by publisher.

Hunting the Caliphate

Author: Dana J.H. Pittard ,Wes J. Bryant

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 1642930563

Category: History

Page: 363

View: 6970

In this vivid first-person narrative, a Special Operations Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and his commanding general give fascinating and detailed accounts of America’s fight against one of the most barbaric insurgencies the world has ever seen. In the summer of 2014, three years after America’s full troop withdrawal from the Iraq War, President Barack Obama authorized a small task force to push back into Baghdad. Their mission: Protect the Iraqi capital and U.S. embassy from a rapidly emerging terrorist threat. A plague of brutality, that would come to be known as ISIS, had created a foothold in northwest Iraq and northeast Syria. It had declared itself a Caliphate—an independent nation-state administered by an extreme and cruel form of Islamic law—and was spreading like a newly evolved virus. Soon, a massive and devastating U.S. military response had unfolded. Hear the ground truth on the senior military and political interactions that shaped America’s war against ISIS, a war unprecedented in both its methodology and its application of modern military technology. Enter the world of the Strike Cell, secretive operations centers where America’s greatest enemies are hunted and killed day and night. Plunge into the realm of the Special Operations JTAC, American warfighters with the highest enemy kill counts on the battlefield. And gain the wisdom of a cumulative half-century of military experience as Dana Pittard and Wes Bryant lay out the path to a sustained victory over ISIS. For more information about the book, visit

The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994

Author: Mark Bellomo

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 144021932X

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 833

View: 9371

This guide to the guts-and-glory of G.I. Joe identifies every figure with all its weapons and gear, every vehicle with all the easy-to-lose pieces and every accessory related to Hasbros stellar team of soldiers. Use The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe to expand your knowledge about Joe and the team, or Cobra and his cronies, and to identify and assess the value of any of the series 350 action figures and 240 vehicles and accessories.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon Multinational Weapon System, 1972 to 2019

Author: Herbert A. Hutchinson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1796082082

Category: History

Page: 458

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This book starts with an overlap of the period from 1963 to 1975, described in final chapters of the “Inside History of the USAF Lightweight Fighters, 1900 to 1975”. The next major portion of this book then describes the Transition Contract to “missionize” the General Dynamics YF-16 and Northrop YF-17 designs into a USAF Air Combat Fighter (ACF) and also to “navalize” both ACF designs for potential procurement as the USN Air Combat Fighter (NACF). The latter portion of this book describes the early F-16 Full Scale Development activities and then describes the numerous Block changes made to increase the capabilities of the production F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. In the concluding chapter is captured the very purpose for the development of “the fighter pilot’s fighter” – the use of the F-16 in operations world-wide. The F-16 Fighting Falcon Multinational Weapon System became the cornerstone of the fighter inventories of over 25 free-world countries for the past forty years and remains in their future plans for a few decades. F-16C/D service life extensions and upgrades continue to be made.

Poli Sci Fi

Author: Michael A. Allen,Justin S. Vaughn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317266757

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

View: 1904

Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction allows readers, students, and instructors to explore the multiple worlds of science fiction while gaining a firm grasp of core political science concepts. This carefully composed text is comprised of sixteen brief chapters, each of which takes a prominent science fiction film or television episode and uses it to explore fundamental components of political science. The book is designed to serve as a supplemental text for undergraduate political science courses, especially Introduction to Political Science. The structure and content of the volume is shaped around the organization and coverage of several leading texts in this area, and includes major parts devoted to theory and epistemology, political behavior, institutions, identity, states, and inter-state relations. Its emphasis on science fiction—and particularly on popular movies and television programs—speaks to the popularity of the genre as well as the growing understanding that popular culture can be an extraordinarily successful vehicle for communicating difficult yet foundational concepts, especially to introductory level college students.

Battlestar Galactica: The Unofficial TV Show Companion

Author: TVcaps

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1610429095

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

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Often helmed as one of the greatest science fiction shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica is epic in every way. If you are new to the series or watching it again, then this companion is for you. With profiles on characters and summaries of every episode, this guide will help you keep track of all the plots and subplots. TVcaps is an imprint of BookCapsTM Study Guides. Each unofficial TV guide, recaps TV shows to help refresh your memory for what has previously happened. They feature character profiles, show history, and episode by episode recaps.