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The Resource Lords of the sky : fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, Dan Hampton

Lords of the sky : fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, Dan Hampton

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Lords of the sky : fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
Title
Lords of the sky
Title remainder
fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
Statement of responsibility
Dan Hampton
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "By the New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot, former USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton tells the thrilling story of how fighter pilots have ruled the skies for 100 years, from the Red Baron to today's supersonic jets"--
  • "By the USAF F-16 legend behind the bestselling memoir Viper Pilot, this is the first comprehensive history of fighter pilots and air combat--a unique, riveting look at the aces of the sky, their machines, their most daring missions, and the epic conflicts they shaped, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today's supersonic jets. Lords of the Sky is a thrilling history of the fighter pilot, masterfully written by one of the most decorated aviators in American history. A twenty-year USAF veteran who flew more than 150 combat missions and received four Distinguished Flying Crosses, Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton draws on his singular firsthand knowledge, as well as groundbreaking research in aviation archives and rare personal interviews with little-known heroes, including veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In a seamless, sweeping narrative, Lords of the Sky tells the extraordinary stories behind the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. In the Great War, aces such as Manfred von Richthofen ('The Red Baron'), Eddie Rickenbacker, and Roland Garros faced horrific survival rates and became romantic heroes. The Second World War saw the RAF locked in a struggle for the fate of civilization during the Battle of Britain; on the Eastern Front, the German Luftwaffe and Soviet Air Force grappled in some of the fiercest and bloodiest air battles in history. In the Pacific, Japanese pilots terrorized Asia, culminating in their attack on Pearl Harbor. American flyboys quickly became instrumental to the Allies' ultimate victory, ravaging the enemy's navy, providing life-saving air support for ground troops, escorting bombers, and dogfighting with Japanese Zeros and Nazi Messerschmitts. During the Cold War, conflicts in Korea and Vietnam featured the dawn of the jet age, in which American pilots battled Soviet-made MiGs and increasingly sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry. Hampton then draws on his own experience as an F-16 pilot who fought in the 1991 and 2003 wars against Iraq to bring to life the dangers and demands of today's modern fighter pilot.Here are the stories behind history's most iconic aircraft and the aviators who piloted them: from the Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane to the Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire, Nazi Bf 109, P-51 Mustang, Grumman Hellcat, F-4 Phantom, F-105 Thunderchief, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 SuperHornet, and beyond. Here, too, are the Lafayette Escadrille, Flying Tigers, RAF Eagles, Wild Weasels, and other legendary units. Throughout this definitive history, Hampton clarifies the astonishing debt we owe to these daring Lords of the Sky who have ruled the air for more than a century"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
358.4/3409
Index
index present
LC call number
UG1242.F5
LC item number
H3558 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Lords of the sky : fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, Dan Hampton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. The War to End all Wars : 1914 -1918 -- From Flight to Fight -- Killer Scouts : 1914-1916 -- The Crucible -- The Year of the Fighter : April 1917-April 1918 -- Darkness Crumbles -- Part II. In the Lap of the Gods : 1919-1939 -- Rise of the Mercenaries -- Part III. Cataclysm : 1939-1945 -- Colors -- Clash of Eagles -- The Star and the Rose -- Meatballs and Flattops -- Top of the Food Chain -- Part IV. Dawn of the Jet Age -- MiGs and Machine Guns -- Bombs, Guns and Guts -- Changing of the Guard -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Anatomy of a Dogfight -- Appendix B: Anatomy of a Surface Attack
Control code
ocn850180781
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 623 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062262011
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014026208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)850180781
Label
Lords of the sky : fighter pilots and air combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16, Dan Hampton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. The War to End all Wars : 1914 -1918 -- From Flight to Fight -- Killer Scouts : 1914-1916 -- The Crucible -- The Year of the Fighter : April 1917-April 1918 -- Darkness Crumbles -- Part II. In the Lap of the Gods : 1919-1939 -- Rise of the Mercenaries -- Part III. Cataclysm : 1939-1945 -- Colors -- Clash of Eagles -- The Star and the Rose -- Meatballs and Flattops -- Top of the Food Chain -- Part IV. Dawn of the Jet Age -- MiGs and Machine Guns -- Bombs, Guns and Guts -- Changing of the Guard -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Anatomy of a Dogfight -- Appendix B: Anatomy of a Surface Attack
Control code
ocn850180781
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 623 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062262011
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014026208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)850180781

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