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Lords of the Sky - Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16-logo

Lords of the Sky - Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16

Dan Hampton

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Genres:

History

Description:

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 again

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Pruden

Length:

17h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:50


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

36:06


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

55:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:23:49


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

01:04:41


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

28:38


Part 2
Part 2

59:15


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

01:07:09


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

01:10:14


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

02:06:04


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

01:11:56


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

46:59


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

01:28:56


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

59:46


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

01:11:58


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

01:25:03


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

04:33


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

15:40


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

06:40


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

00:54