The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions (Hardback)
  • The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions (Hardback)
zoom

The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions (Hardback)

(author)
£18.99
Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 02/06/2015
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable

Email me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order

At the height of the Cold War, America's most elite aviators bravely volunteered for a covert program aimed at eliminating an impossible new threat. Half never returned. All became legends. From New York Times bestselling author Dan Hampton comes one of the most extraordinary untold stories of aviation history. Vietnam, 1965: On July 24 a USAF F-4 Phantom jet was suddenly blown from the sky by a mysterious and lethal weapon-a Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missile (SAM), launched by Russian "advisors" to North Vietnam. Three days later, six F-105 Thunderchiefs were brought down trying to avenge the Phantom. More tragic losses followed, establishing the enemy's SAMs as the deadliest anti-aircraft threat in history and dramatically turning the tables of Cold War air superiority in favor of Soviet technology. Stunned and desperately searching for answers, the Pentagon ordered a top secret program called Wild Weasel I to counter the SAM problem-fast. So it came to be that a small group of maverick fighter pilots and Electronic Warfare Officers volunteered to fly behind enemy lines and into the teeth of the threat. To most it seemed a suicide mission-but they beat the door down to join. Those who survived the 50 percent casualty rate would revolutionize warfare forever. "You gotta be sh*#@ing me!" This immortal phrase was uttered by Captain Jack Donovan when the Wild Weasel concept was first explained to him. "You want me to fly in the back of a little tiny fighter aircraft with a crazy fighter pilot who thinks he's invincible, home in on a SAM site in North Vietnam, and shoot it before it shoots me?" Based on unprecedented firsthand interviews with Wild Weasel veterans and previously unseen personal papers and declassified documents from both sides of the conflict, as well as Dan Hampton's own experience as a highly decorated F-16 Wild Weasel pilot, The Hunter Killers is a gripping, cockpit-level chronicle of the first-generation Weasels, the remarkable band of aviators who faced head-on the advanced Soviet missile technology that was decimating fellow American pilots over the skies of Vietnam.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780062375131
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 230 x 153 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A gripping classic. Exhaustively researched, The Hunter Killers puts you directly into a Wild Weasel fighter cockpit during the Vietnam War. Dam Hampton lets you feel it for yourself as no one else could." -- Colonel LEO THORSNESS, Wild Weasel pilot and Medal of Honor recipient "Exciting. ... Hampton's command of the nuances of technology, in addition to his knowledge of the Vietnam War on the ground and in the air, renders this book both informative and moving. A fast-paced Vietnam War story." -- Kirkus "An in-the-cockpit air combat chronicle. ... Hampton uses the words of surviving Wild Weasel aviators to imaginatively recreate dramatic and dangerous missions over enemy territory. ... Gripping." -- Publishers Weekly "Intense. ... [Hampton's] overall writing style is excellent; in particular, his vivid, fast-paced combat narratives. ... Will appeal to military history fans or anyone looking for an absorbing read." -- Library Journal

You may also be interested in...

The Boys of '67
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Vietnam
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
F-104 Starfighter Units in Combat
Added to basket
Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics
Added to basket
USN F-4 Phantom II vs VPAF MiG-17/19
Added to basket
Vietnam 40 Years Later
Added to basket
Dispatches
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Mammoth Book of the Vietnam War
Added to basket
A Vietnam War Reader
Added to basket
Vietnam Riverine Craft 1962-75
Added to basket
The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Added to basket
A Short History of the Vietnam War
Added to basket
Rethinking Camelot
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
What It Is Like To Go To War
Added to basket
Vietnam
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.