Lords of the Sky Unabridged

  • by Dan Hampton
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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The real top guns

Would you consider the audio edition of Lords of the Sky Unabridged to be better than the print version?

Some books are better listened to than read. And this is one of those


What was one of the most memorable moments of Lords of the Sky Unabridged?

Wild weasels over Vietnam


What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

A very good narrator


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The very best of the best


Any additional comments?

A wonderful book

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- Paul S. Turner

Bandits at 6 o'clock

I really liked this book and would recommend it but in-line with some other reviews the content of the book was slightly different to what i anticipated. I expected a book purely concerned with fighters and the pilots who flew them but large chunks of text are taken up with historical notes on the campaigns behind the fights. While these are done well anyone will a good understand of the conflicts may find these sections frustrating.

The core material focusing on the planes and pilots was done very well with the admiration the author has for all the aviators shining through.
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio