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Topgun

An American Story
Auteur(s): Dan Pedersen
Narrateur(s): Jim Meskimen
Durée: 9 h et 48 min
Catégories: Histoire, Militaire
5 out of 5 stars (5 évaluations)

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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 US 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 listeners 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 testimonial to patriotism, sacrifice, and American innovation and daring.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Dan Pedersen (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"If an institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man, then the history of modern naval aviation might well be described as the lengthened shadow of Dan Pedersen. Here, in direct, vivid, and unvarnished prose, is the high-flying, supersonic tale of the Topgun program and its extraordinary founder. Through it all, Pedersen's innovative spirit, as well as his essential modesty, shines through." (Hampton Sides, New York Times best-selling author Ghost Soldiers and On Desperate Ground)

"A superb read...Dan Pedersen's Topgun is a riveting, seat-of-the-pants flight into the lethal world of the fighter pilot told by the man who started it all!" (Dan Hampton, New York Times best-selling author of Viper Pilot and Lords of the Sky)

"With the hot-seat velocity and cockpit realism of a military combat thriller, the author delivers exacting details and emotional acuity....A noble, thrillingly realized combat aviation memoir from one of America's finest." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Fantastic story.

If you like aviation, this is a book for you. Very well told and a great look into the real life Top Gun flyers.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-03-28

Great Insight into a Unique Organization

Great insight in the events leading up to the founding and success of Top Gun. A lot more than what you saw in the movie.

The writer takes you from the Korean War through Vietnam and other events that involved aerial combat. He also dives into the politics behind the new F35 and offers his personal opinion on the future of Naval Aviation with regards to fighters.

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  • B-House
  • 2019-12-26

History of Top Gun

This book tells the story of the founding of the fight pilot school called Top Gun and it’s evolution over time. I thought it was really interesting and written by a military aviation veteran and expert. Good listen.

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  • "airplane_cfii"
  • 2019-10-09

I loved it!

Do yourself a favor, read or listen to this book. I’m actually sad that it’s over I will have to read it again. Thank you Dan for what you’ve done for this country.

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  • ken
  • 2019-04-01

great listen, you feel like your in the cockpit

a well put together summary of a team's determination and will power to do it right.

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  • 2019-09-26

A Must Listen

As a student of history, I loved the context Dan provided. I saw much of the Navy and the Vietnam war in a perspective I was not fully aware of. As a civilian the author dispenses a knowledge of combat and struggles related to deployment and command that are transformative to the uninitiated.

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  • Arnold
  • 2019-09-15

great book <br />

loved it. couldn't stop listening to it. would love to chat with the writer about his life

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  • D. Miller
  • 2019-09-11

Great story and well read

i really enjoyed this book. Was driving home from virginia to nj late at night and i put this book on. literally drove straight through listening to this book the whole time and i was actually sad that the trip ended before the book did! and that time flew too! Rare for me to read something twice but i may just do so for this awesome tale!

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  • Gilbert M Elliott
  • 2019-09-06

A good listen

Dan Pedersen gives an entertaining reveal into the creation of Top Gun. A worthwhile listen for anyone interested in military history.

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  • Buttface
  • 2019-07-24

Great book with an amazing voice

This book comes off as an amazing memoir from a truly great American and patriot. Few men can put their nation, their brothers and their service infront of themselves. The author is one of those very proud and honorable few.

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  • David H Milton
  • 2019-07-21

Finally....perfection!

Pederson's first first narrative of his journey through naval aviation is moving and inspiring if only due to his honesty at so many levels of life. He explains his journey into military aviation, battle, and the higher callings of teaching and establishment of Top Gun. The continuity, humanity and intellect he shows at the apex of his life is moving, enlightening and endearing. His had been an epic life and he tells it well. And yes...if you are going to fly and be proficient....fly always and often!