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. Download and start listening now!