Topgun by Dan Pedersen audiobook

Topgun: An American Story

By Dan Pedersen
Read by Jim Meskimen

Hachette Books 9780316416269

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549148743

  • ISBN: 9781549178795

Runtime: 9.81 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, aka "TOPGUN," the founder of the program shares the untold story of how he and eight other young pilots revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day.

When American fighter jets were being downed at a horrifying and unprecedented rate during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy turned to a young lieutenant colonel, 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 Phantom F-4 to their will and learn how to dogfight all over again.

Now, the Fighter Weapons School's founder, the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from Miramar to Area 51 to the war in Vietnam, tells the inside story. Pedersen established a legacy that was built by him and his "Original Eight" and carried on for six decades by some of America's greatest leaders. The book is a heartfelt personal testimony to an elite community of innovators and disruptors who stand as an inspiration to all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Goose and Maverick, move over—this is the true heart of Topgun, told with energy, style, humor, and tactical brilliance…a masterpiece that captures the essence of naval aviation in all its complexity and beauty. Dan Pedersen takes us on a high-speed jet ride through the fast times of Topgun, the Navy, and the need to fight our enemies from a position of superiority.” Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2009-2013), chairman of the US Naval Institute, and author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans
“For those who will never experience the thrilling privilege of soaring at Mach 2 in the back seat of a Navy F-4 Phantom fighter, Dan Pedersen’s superb memoir is the next best thing…Pedersen’s full-hearted personal narrative engages them with maverick charm, showing how he and his innovative team reinvented the art of air-to-air combat in the jet age. Topgun: An American Story is as revelatory as a freshly declassified briefing, written with the flair and insight of Tom Clancy.” Michael Fabey, author of Crashback

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Author

Author Bio: Dan Pedersen

Author Bio: Dan Pedersen

Dan Pedersen entered the U.S. Navy in 1953. He was the senior officer in the group of nine men who formed the Navy’s legendary “TOPGUN” program at Naval Air Station Miramar in March 1969. He served in combat during the Vietnam War, with a flying cruise on USS Hancock (CVA-19) and three on USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He retired as a captain, having accumulated 6,100 flight hours and 1,005 carrier landings while flying 39 types of aircraft. He lives with his wife outside San Diego.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English