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Top Gun: 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority Kindle Edition
Top Gun: 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority begins with a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the blockbuster film that helped America shake off the trauma of the Vietnam War and once again take pride in its military. The book then launches into the even more incredible story of why and how such men consistently capture the imagination of children, adults, pilots, and audiences around the world.
Chapters spotlight pivotal military movies and television shows that presaged the movie Top Gun, including edge-of-the-seat vignettes and anecdotes of pilots and their lifestyles, the origin of the Navy’s fighter pilot program and its rigorous training, and how it inspired the Air Force’s counterpart, Red Flag.
Other chapters highlight what it takes to be a pilot in other branches of the armed forces, and takes a look back in time at the most notorious (and feared) pilots of World War I and World War II from all around the globe. Fast forward to the jet age, when the first aces flew hair-raising missions over Korea and Vietnam, and learn how past and contemporary aerial dogfighting really works.
The book also reveals the many technological advances that transformed aerial combat from the dangerous, unsynchronized machine guns that bounced bullets off propellers in World War I to today, where air-to-air missiles are launched by pilots who have no visual contact with an adversary, and finally illustrates how drones are adding a new dimension to the meaning of Top Gun.
Finish with an in-depth look at Naval Station Fallon, one of the most modern and renowned American naval stations, located outside Fallon, Nevada. Top Gun: 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority concludes with a look at Top Gun 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the biggest action movies of all time and the one that made Tom Cruise a worldwide superstar.
Featuring over 200 photos, new interviews and stories from aces, engineers, commanders, and more, and written by best-selling author and president of the Military Writers Society of America, Dwight Zimmerman, Top Gun: 50 Years of Naval Air Superiority is the must-have guide to the fastest, deadliest, most storied aerial combat squadron the world has ever known.
"This attractively bound coffee table book with excellent graphics is sure to be a pleasurable read for any aviation enthusiast – particularly those whose pedigree includes fighter pilot!"―Frontline Magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Dwight Jon Zimmerman is a bestselling and award-winning author and former president of the Military Writers Society of America. Zimmerman has written more than fifteen books, including Area 51: The Graphic History of America's Most Secret Military Installation for Zenith Press and Steve McQueen Full Throttle Cool and The Life Steve McQueen for Motorbooks. In addition, he has written hundreds of articles on military history. Zimmerman lives in Brooklyn, New York.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07RXRX3D5
- Publisher : Motorbooks (May 7, 2019)
- Publication date : May 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 43611 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 160 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #747,374 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2019
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After a couple of obligatory chapters about the movie TOP GUN and its use as a Navy recruiting tool, Zimmerman dives into his real passion: the knights of the air and how backroom Naval politics can sometimes make their lives more complicated than than the enemy does.
He discusses the birth of Topgun (the Navy, unlike the film, renders the program's name as one word), exploring how Lt. Commander Dan Pedersen worked to find a solution to fighter pilot fatalities in Vietnam. The result was new tactics and strategies to cope with the fact that the Navy's brass had decided their newest jet had no need of guns, since their missiles should enable them to blow opponents out of the sky. Vietnam's MiG pilots, however, hadn't read the manual, and proceeded to make deadly inroads on the Navy pilots.
Pedersen's training program helped turn that around.
From there, Zimmerman zips back and forth through history, exploring air combat from the days when World War I pilots shot at each other with pistols all the way to the advent of today's unmanned drones. He also discusses the way popular culture celebrated pilots with books, comics and films, creating an public interest which the military took advantage of for recruiting purposes.
But the real heroes of the book are the pilots who battled each other in deadly contests, all of them striving to make Ace by blowing one another out of the air.
The result is a fascinating book even for someone who isn't a military buff. I recommend it highly.
Even the best make the mistake of producing a sub par performance. Perhaps this is the case for the author of this book.
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-- The larger photos are black/white historic photos of the ww1, ww2, and Vietnam war era aircraft used by aces, and a history of why the Top Gun training program was necessary to create more aces quickly, with fewer casualties, to fulfil the navy's future needs for Ace Pilots.
I did enjoy the book, but it feels like it is missing several chapters post Top Gun school. Author needs to add some chapters or change the title, although I'm not sure what would be a better title.
Reviewed in India on August 20, 2021
If you think it's all about the movie top gun then be forwarned, it's about the history of the top gun program and aviation. Great book to have it you like the world of aviation and fighter pilot school.