Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16 (Compact Disc)
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The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation--a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the Red Baron and his triplane in World War I to today's technologically expert flying warriors in supersonic jets. One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton goes back one hundred years to tell the extraordinary story of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. Drawing on his expertise, Hampton shines a spotlight on the pioneers who have ruled the air from World War I through the Cold War to today. He provides unique insight into gutsy pioneers such as Manfred von Richthofen and his red triplane and the flyboys in the iconic P-51 Mustang who faced the Nazi Luftwaffe. Here, too, is a thoughtful look at modern air warriors, including Hampton's own exploits in the high-tech F-16 Falcon. Interwoven throughout this sweeping narrative history is Hampton's personal account of traveling the world to find these storied aircraft. Strapping himself into the cockpit of such planes, he shares the thrill and experience of flying each. Exhilarating, told in his acclaimed high-octane style, Lords of the Sky is a fresh look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.