Topgun: an American story

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Hachette Books,
Pub. Date:
[2019]
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First edition.
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English
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER "If you loved the movie, you will love the real story in the book." -- Fox & Friends On the 50th anniversary of the creation of the "Topgun" Navy Fighter School, its founder shares the remarkable inside story of how he and eight other risk-takers revolutionized the art of aerial combat. When American fighter jets were being downed at an unprecedented rate during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy turned to a young lieutenant commander, Dan Pedersen, to figure out a way to reverse their dark fortune. On a shoestring budget and with little support, Pedersen picked eight of the finest pilots to help train a new generation to bend jets like the F-4 Phantom to their will and learn how to dogfight all over again. What resulted was nothing short of a revolution -- one that took young American pilots from the crucible of combat training in the California desert to the blistering skies of Vietnam, in the process raising America's Navy combat kill ratio from two enemy planes downed for every American plane lost to more than 22 to 1. Topgun emerged not only as an icon of America's military dominance immortalized by Hollywood but as a vital institution that would shape the nation's military strategy for generations to come. Pedersen takes readers on a colorful and thrilling ride -- from Miramar to Area 51 to the decks of aircraft carriers in war and peace-through a historic moment in air warfare. He helped establish a legacy that was built by him and his "Original Eight" -- the best of the best -- and carried on for six decades by some of America's greatest leaders. Topgun is a heartfelt and personal testimony to patriotism, sacrifice, and American innovation and daring.
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subject_facetArmed Forces -- Officers
Autobiographies
Fighter pilots
Fighter pilots -- United States -- Biography
Fighter plane combat
Fighter plane combat -- United States -- History
Military operations, Aerial -- American
Navy Fighter Weapons School (U.S.) -- Biography
Navy Fighter Weapons School (U.S.) -- History
Pedersen, Dan, -- 1935-
Personal narratives
United States. -- Navy -- Officers -- Biography
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Aerial operations, American
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American
title_displayTopgun : an American story
title_fullTopgun : an American story / Dan Pedersen
title_shortTopgun
title_suban American story
topic_facetAerial operations, American
American
Armed Forces
Fighter pilots
Fighter plane combat
History
Military operations, Aerial
Officers
Pedersen, Dan
Vietnam War, 1961-1975