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Lords of the Sky

Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16
Lu par : John Pruden
Durée : 17 h et 25 min
Catégories : Histoire, Militaire
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The New York Times best-selling 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, 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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  • Znapel
  • 31/07/2014

Great history, but ending goes off-topic

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I grabbed Lords of the Sky after having read Hampton's other excellent book Viper Pilot. Most of my knowledge of air combat is from WWII and later. Hampton's history of the very beginnings of military aviation and fighter combat was very interesting. It also provides a basis to show the sharp contrasts in just how quickly aviation matured. And how some things (the core of air combat) remained the same. I appreciated the author's telling of stories from more than just an American point of view.

If I had any qualms it would be that the post-Korea part of the story mostly involves Americans, SAMs, and Weasels. Given that Hampton was a USAF Weasel pilot this is not surprising. There's a good account of Weaseling in Viper Pilot and I found it very interesting. However, I think the focus here takes the story off-topic.

I was disappointed that harsh lessons of air combat in Vietnam and America's losing touch with ACM prior to it weren't really touched on. Neither was the creation of Red Flag and Top Gun. John Boyd and the theory of energy-manueverability weren't mentioned. The Air Force's air superiority fighter, the F-15, is mentioned only in passing, and its replacement the F-22 is also mentioned just once (as a multi-billion dollar, single-mission waste).

Those qualms aside it was a great all around book, with me learning something in every chapter. His stories do a good job of immersing you into combat in various eras. The narration was fantastic. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in air combat.

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  • William R.
  • 29/12/2019

Don't let the title fool you

I was hoping some in-depth stories about the air aces through the years. Instead I got a story about the history of war, from WWI through Iraq. The author goes into minutia that has NOTHING to do with air combat, like the names of foxholes built by the French in Viet Nam. Great research, nothing to do with air combat. I found myself screaming at the radio, asking what this chapter had to do with air combat. SO many aces that were never mentioned, or mentioned only in passing. If you want the history of war, this is for you. If you want the history of the actual 'Lords of the Sky', skip this book.

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  • danny lawrence
  • 29/07/2014

Outstanding history of the fighter pilot

This book weaves histories of the pilots, planes, tactics, weapons and personal stories together in an informative and entertaining way. John Pruden's narration was very good.
A very good book combined with a very good narration yields a very pleasurable listen.

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  • Michael
  • 13/07/2015

Holds your interest

A good detailed easy to listen to the history of aviation fighters and the development of them from WW1 to Iraq.

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  • Sierra Bravo
  • 07/04/2015

History from a little bit different angle

This a a great piece of history for those interested in aviation. Best if you have a basic background, i.e. know what flaps are. There is a fair amount of the surrounding history though the author sticks pretty much to the subject matter and gives background just for context. I found this book totally enjoyable but I am a history and aviation enthusiast (read plane nut) so it was a natural fit. It helps if you know some of the history but do not think it is totally necessary. The narration is great especially when he goes into "radio com" mode. Best if you are really into the subject matter as the book would be a bit detailed for someone looking for a causal read.

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  • Steve
  • 10/08/2014

Interesting, but very technical

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If you are very familiar with all types of airplanes, flying jargon, military anachronisms, flying formations and military terminology, you will like this book. If, like me, you are not so well versed in these things, you will find this book a slow read and a bit hard to follow. I would have preferred to see the author pick out a few key, milestone advances in fighter planes and to have developed those in detail rather than cover so many different types of planes and training evolutions.

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  • crown is not the same
  • 28/09/2020

many great stories of brave individuals.

I really enjoyed this book it had a lot of great stories about a many individuals in history . this book help shed some light on some of their tails and gave me a lot of information about the equipment that was used. This book was very well narrated

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  • Josh
  • 22/01/2020

YES! If you love flight and air combat, this is a must read. Sweeping history of fighter pilots.

I loved this book. As an Air Force pilot, I can’t get enough of Dan Hampton’s books. He writes as a pilot for other pilots and interested enthusiasts. Well done!

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  • S. Mersereau
  • 01/01/2020

Superb

One of the very best and enjoyable histories of flight from a fighter pilot’s perspective.

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  • B-House
  • 21/09/2019

Surprisingly good

I tried this book because I enjoyed Fighter Pilot. This was surprisingly good and a very fast listen. It’s a mix of history and stories from history. The reader is great for this genre. A few bad words which is a shame because it was be interesting for older kids if that had left that out.

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  • Verena Leporin
  • 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!