Viper Pilot: A Memoir Of Air Combat by Dan HamptonViper Pilot: A Memoir Of Air Combat by Dan Hampton

Viper Pilot: A Memoir Of Air Combat

byDan Hampton

Paperback | May 14, 2013

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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.


† New York Post

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years (1986–2006) in the United States Air Force. For his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Servic...
Title:Viper Pilot: A Memoir Of Air CombatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.84 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006213034X

ISBN - 13:9780062130341


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but not exciting This book I found to be a decent read but not overly exciting or informative. Very self serving and a lot seemed to be consisting of radio transcripts from missions. I've certainly read more interesting, informative and exciting books about fighter pilots from WWII and Korea. Perhaps see if you want to read it and check it out from the library, I'm glad I did that and didn't purchase it.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book on military aviation I have read many non-fiction books on this subject, some were very good, but this one stands out. The verbal descriptions of engagements kept me riveted, as if I was watching the action. The book is easy to read and enjoyable, the author must have the natural storytelling talent (in addition to being a fighter pilot with combat experience).
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Viper Pilot - A Memoir of Air Combat A great read that puts you in the cockpit of a F16 while in a combat arena.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Viper Pilot Very informative and an in depth view of modern day air combat. It gets a pretty technical and if you aren't versed in aeronautical lingo you might want to pass this one. That was the only reason I gave it 4 stars, otherwise it would've been 5... It has to be technical to better explain the complexities of air combat and it makes you feel like your in the pilot seat hearing the "bitching betty" sound as a SA-3 is coming at you... To me it was heart pounding and gave me a very in depth look at the USAF fighter pilot mentality and their ability to process a situation with 20 different things coming at them. That's what makes this book delightful. You get to see how they think not just "BAAM... Scratch one bogey... RTB" end of story... The author did a tremendous job in explaining every minute detail to make the reader better understand the life. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any military aviation enthusiast or the like...
Date published: 2014-03-05

Editorial Reviews

“The best air combat memoir I have ever read... An incredible look into the unique culture of Wild Weasels.”