Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat

By Dan Hampton

Action-packed and breathtakingly real, Viper Pilot is the electrifying memoir of 1 of the main embellished F-16 pilots in American background: U.S. Air strength Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton, who served for two decades, flying missions within the Iraq struggle, the Kosovo clash, and the 1st Gulf War.

Both an extraordinary inspect the elite international of fighter pilots and an exciting first-person account of up to date air wrestle, Viper Pilot soars—a precise tale of braveness, ability, and dedication that may thrill U.S. detailed Forces buffs, aviation and armed forces heritage aficionados, and lovers of the novels of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.

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There! I blinked numerous occasions to ensure I wasn’t hallucinating. Darker brown. Rocks and the grotesque, stunted eco-friendly trees that dotted Iraq. floor! instantly staring ahead in the course of the HUD, I based the guidance cues towards the one place I’d been given. three. three miles. I fast glanced on the Radar caution Receiver. fortunately, it was once empty of any signs from radar-guided missiles or antiaircraft artillery. in fact, it wouldn’t choose up infrared missiles or the few hundred AK-47s down there, yet I’d take what excellent news i may locate.

Thankfully for those men, they simply needed to do one three-year travel after which it was once again to the true global. Thank God all of the operational men have been there, although, to muzzle the Others. The Others have been First task teacher Pilots, shortened to FAIPs, they usually have been universally a soreness within the ass. those have been pilots who didn’t get assignments out of the Air schooling and coaching Command when they graduated from UPT, they usually needed to remain on as teachers. certain, they'd to head off to San Antonio, Texas, for a number of months, the place they supposedly realized the way to educate scholars to fly, however the final analysis used to be this: the single military-aviation event that they had below their belt was once UPT and the Texas direction.

Two times consistent with yr, each one wing will put up a major candidate and another from its most sensible pilots for the guns university choice board to contemplate. So, out of the loads of fighter teacher pilots within the USAF, approximately thirty get chosen to wait each one path. For the F-16 international, that quantities to 3 or 4 from bases in the usa, one from Germany, and from the a long way japanese bases. as soon as you’re chosen, yet earlier than leaving for Nellis, you get what’s known as a “spin-up. ” In essence, the Patchwearers at your base take turns beating the shit out of you.

Locking onto my wingman, I angled in towards Customs apartment from the Iraqi part of the border and was hoping our Patriot missile batteries knew i used to be a pleasant. Breaking into the transparent at 19,000 toes, I squinted throughout the NVGs on the greenish-white define of the opposite jet. looking out left and correct around the sky, I observed numerous others orbiting above somewhere else. “All ROMANS, Christmas tree . . . Christmas tree. ” “Christmas tree” intended to illuminate like one, and that i stuck the twinkling and flashing of F-16 external lighting fixtures as they got here on opposed to the black evening sky.

Have all strays touch me on Victor a hundred thirty. 225. ” “ROMAN that’s a transparent frequency. ” i actually hated AWACS occasionally. This man used to be rather apprehensive that a few Iraqi could listen us conversing approximately diverting to Kuwait. “Just cross it,” I in some way controlled to not bark at him. Slowing right down to 250 knots, I adjusted my inner cockpit lighting fixtures for the NVGs. I additionally became up my external NVG lighting fixtures to complete brilliant. in basic terms somebody searching through goggles may perhaps see them—in any occasion, the Iraqis at the different aspect of the border weren’t a priority at this aspect.

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