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Topgun: An American Story

Topgun: An American Story
 

The founder of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program, aka TOPGUN, 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. --Provided by publi... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780316416269
Barcode 9780316416269
Published 14 May 2019 by Little, Brown
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Tillman, Barrett
By Pedersen, Dan
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ISBN-13 9780316416269
ISBN-10 0316416266
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Hachette Books
Publication Date 14 May 2019
International Publication Date 5 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Tillman, Barrett
By Pedersen, Dan
Category Biography & Autobiography
Air Forces & Warfare
Military Vehicles
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 36mm
Weight 540g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fighter pilots - Biography - United States, Fighter plane combat - History - United States, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Aerial operations, American, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Personal narratives, American, Fighter plane combat - United States - History
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 358.435
Catalogue Code 986238

Description of this Book

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, aka TOPGUN --and the premiere of Jerry Bruckheimer's summer 2019 sequel to his blockbuster movie--the Godfather of TOPGUN shares the never-before-told story of how he and eight other risk-takers, disruptors, and innovators revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Top Gun became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 hit starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theaters, looking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what The Right Stuff did for astronauts. Now, the school's founder tells the story of the real-life combat aviators who revolutionized the art of aerial warfare and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Here is the inside story of TOPGUN, written by Dan Pedersen, the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from Miramar to Area 51 to the war in Vietnam. Pedersen established a legacy that was built by he 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 risk-takers, innovators, and disruptors who can stand as an inspiration to all.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 U.S. Naval Institute, and author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

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Author's Bio

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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