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The Hunter Killers

Auteur(s): Dan Hampton
Narrateur(s): John Pruden
Durée: 11 h et 51 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 évaluations)

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The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War

A gripping chronicle of the band of maverick aviators who signed on for the suicidal, dangerous top-secret "Wild Weasel" missions during the Vietnam War - which used controversial and revolutionary tactics to combat Soviet missile technology - from New York Times best-selling author Dan Hampton.

On July 24, 1965, Soviet advisors to North Vietnam launched an SA-2 surface-to-air missile (SAM), blowing an American F-4 Phantom out of the sky - the first of several kills using this menacing system. To counter this new weaponry, stunned Pentagon officials created a classified program - "Wild Weasel I" - pairing experimental equipment with a highly select group of electronic warfare officers and fighter pilots to combat this deadly threat. The men who did this became the "Hunter Killers" - and it is time to know their names.

Fifty years later Dan Hampton provides a cockpit view of this highly classified military program that was a radical departure from conventional fighter jet tactics. These courageous, daring, and skilled warriors risked their lives to fight the SAMs and save their brother aviators.

Using firsthand accounts and declassified documents from both sides of the conflict, The Hunter Killers takes listeners into the skies and up close to the bloody duels that left half the Weasels dead or captured. At its center are the men who risked everything to fight the most dangerous antiaircraft weapons the world had seen.

Acclaimed Texas historian Stephen L. Moore's Texas Rising, the official companion to the epic History series of the same name, brings to life the violent Texas frontier and the Rangers' heroic deeds during the Texas Revolution. Texas Rising is an unforgettable history of this iconic band of fighters.

©2015 Ascalon, LLC (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fantastic Stories

The stories of the wild weasels were incredible to hear. I can't believe the things those pilots pulled off.

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  • Stephen Ford
  • 2015-08-31

False Advertising

What disappointed you about The Hunter Killers?

I was looking forward to a history of the wild weasels, and instead I got a "fighter pilots" history of the Vietnam War with only brief stories from the weasels interspersed. Johnson, and McNamara bad, general's bad, some fighter pilots good.

Vietnam was a complicated war, and the treatment it was given in this books was cursory at best. Even more disappointing was the very brief story of the weasels. These were brave men who were struggling the technologies cutting edge. I wanted to see their story fleshed out more. For example, he retells the story of the first SAM kill by a weasel, and then as an after thought it was mentioned that only a few pilots from the first group of weasels in Vietnam successfully completed their tour. The story gives the impression that they've got the problem solved, and then afterwards you find out that there was a very low survival rate.

In summary, I wanted a history of the Wild Weasels, and not a history of the Vietnam War with some Weasel stories.

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  • James
  • 2015-06-26

A Wild Weasel Primer

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This is an excellent book for someone who has little or no previous knowledge of the Vietnam War in general or the Wild Weasel mission in particular. If you are well versed on those topics, you might be a bit let down. Easily half the book is devoted to historical background and explaining technical topics.The remainder are the 'war stories' (which is what I wanted to hear). I'm not at all saying that this is a bad book, it was just hamstrung a bit by all the background information, which may be helpful for most listeners--just not this one..

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  • Phillip
  • 2016-12-06

History lesson on electronic countermeasures.

What disappointed you about The Hunter Killers?

If you want a history lesson on the evolution of air warfare over Vietnam utilizing electronic countermeasures this book is for you. If you are wanting to listen to adrenaline pumping stories of air combat by those who fought, this book will leave you dissapointed. Having a background in Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) I was easily able to follow the history lesson. If you have no background in ECM, radar, or avionics you might find this book overwhelming with details.

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  • Grenadyr
  • 2015-09-29

Half aviation, half Vietnam Era politics

Overall a good book on wild weasel operations in Vietnam. The author opens the book explaining the necessity of delving into Vietnam Era politics to properly frame the wild weasel operations. I personally found the extensive political information tiring and excessive. The aviation related parts were interesting and well written. An informative and interesting book overall but not one I'd listen to again.

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  • Kathlene M Courtney
  • 2015-06-16

Great listen and masterfully read.

I love the narrator, he really sucks you into the action. Great listen and recommend to anyone that enjoys listening to combat missions and war time stories.

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  • ManCanDoIt
  • 2016-04-02

Too much political lectures and descriptions. Not enough description of the actual combat and survival of aircraft .

Needed a little less talk about politics, and a lot more talk about combat and survival from pilots viewpoints .

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  • Stewart Brown
  • 2015-10-13

Goes beyond Wild Weasel experience in Viet Nam

Would you listen to The Hunter Killers again? Why?

Yes, but was expecting more specific treatment of Wild Weasel. General perspectives on the war are thoughtful and even handed.

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  • J Bo
  • 2015-08-14

Great follow up to Viper Pilot

Great book, well researched and dialogue takes you inside the cockpit for multiple frenetic flights over the Vietnamese countryside. Hampton is effective in relaying an intricate story.

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  • Jeff
  • 2015-08-01

Interesting and exciting read

What made the experience of listening to The Hunter Killers the most enjoyable?

I believe the narrator, combined with the story is a perfect mix. I appreciate that in situations where pilots were mentioned whether they were just participants in a mission or had to bail out, there's an "aside" where the book tells you what eventually happened to that person...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunter Killers?

This sounds crazy but, theres's one part where the flying was extremely low to the ground - and fast. The description had me there, and I realized I was experiencing a physiological response in that my hands started sweating and my pulse picked up. I was like wow, that's some good writing and narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

Gives excellent run down on Vietnam War, and how the Wild Weasels were mingled in with that history. Well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-25

70/30 history and polemics.

The author has strong political views, and is unfortunately unable to restrain them. So one moment he is telling a detailed and knowledgeable story about piloting wild weasels over Vietnam, and the next he is explaining how the other side of the aisle got it all wrong and killed Americans.
But the technical and flight-related descriptions are very clearly written by someone who knows his stuff.