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Wings of Fury

From Vietnam to the Gulf War the Astonishing True

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They are America's best fighter pilots -- from the Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Heroes who push the envelope with their machines, their bodies, and the will to fight and win on their...


Here, these airborne warriors reveal themselves as never before. Ride shotgun with TOPGUN pilot Dale "Snort" Snodgrass as he becomes the first student pilot ever to land an F-14 Tomcat on an aircraft carrier. Silver Star winner Rob Graeter recalls a Cold War close call as he flew his F-15 Eagle over Soviet waters -- almost triggering World War III. Feel the adrenaline as Brian "Rocky" Fitzpatrick remembers test-flying the F/A-18 Hornet when it suddenly went haywire, leaving him with a crippled plane, a faulty parachute -- and a very long way down....

From the training grounds of Miramar to combat in Vietnam and Desert Storm, these are the stories of those who defend our skies -- and the dramatic evolution of modern air warfare.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 1997 – Vietnam veteran Wilcox (Scream of Eagles) begins this narrative with the confession that his original military ambition was to be a pilot; after failing the selection test for unknown reasons, he became a U.S. Air Force information officer instead. Over the years, he has retained his love of flying and his great admiration for the men in those G-suits. Some would argue that American fighter pilots--such as those accused of misbehavior at the Tailhook convention--are imbued with excessive machismo, but Wilcox also makes the strong case that these talented, arrogant, athletic men are an integral part of our nation's defense. Comparing elite fighter pilots to professional all-star athletes--only "more mature"--Wilcox introduces readers to an impressive lineup of some of the country's best fighter pilots. Dale Snodgrass is a Navy aviator so skilled at aerial maneuvers that his colleagues have nicknamed him "Golden Arm," in reference to how a fighter jock controls his aircraft through foot and hand movements. Snodgrass reveals one of the basic characteristics of men of his profession: "A fighter pilot is a hunter." His personal adventure tale ushers in those of other fighter pilots whose exploits include flying beneath civilian bridges and playing high-stakes pranks while airborne, as well as performing astounding feats in warfare. In many cases, the pilots are allowed to speak in their own words, but with Wilcox ever hovering in the background to moderate their boasts and certify their veracity. In the end, it seems perfectly reasonable to agree with Wilcox's assessment of these men who, he says, loathe war but want it as their crucible: "We need such people in this society." Photos not seen by PW.
Wings of Fury
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  • $15.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: May 11, 2010
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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