One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 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 P51 Mustang who faced the Nazi Lufwaffe. Here, too, is a thoughtful look at modern air warriors, including his 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.
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Von Verena Leporin Am hilfreichsten 09.04.2018
Good account of the development of air warfare
The author, himself a highly decorated US fighter pilot, describes the evolution of air combat, starting from the first simple trials before the first world war, rapidly developing in 1914 - 1918, and continuing with WW2, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, Yom Kippur and both wars around the Persian Gulf.
The author deals with the theories and concepts of arial warfare not only by directly stating them, but also by illustrating them using eyewitness accounts from many of the most successful fighter pilots. This makes the (audio)book quite fascinating and easy to read/listen to, but sometimes a little too exciting and patriotic as it is about killing in reality.
John Pruden as a narrator does a wonderful job!