In 1945 Second Lieutenant Jack Broughton graduated from West Point with the silver pilot wings of a newly commissioned member of the Army Air Corps. Nearly thirty years later, he retired as a full colonel in the United States Air Force, an entity that didn't even exist when he first learned to fly. Along the way Colonel Broughton saw duty in virtually every fighter aircraft the Air Corps and then Air Force had to offer.
He experienced the birth and coming of age of the U.S. Air Force and its bloodying in combat in Korea and Vietnam. In this, his third book, Broughton offers readers what is virtually a biography of the U. S. Air Force as it was experienced by one of its finest combat leaders.
From his initial duty in postwar Germany as part of the American occupation, to air-to-air combat in Korea, to his command of the Thunderbirds and two combat tours in Vietnam, Broughton describes what it is to meet the enemy in the air--and to fly some of the best-known aircraft in combat. By the bestselling author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.
A full colonel, Broughton chronicles his 30-year career from his 1945 graduation from West Point as an Army Air Corps Officer through his transition to the newly-established U.S. Air Force in 1947, through years of service including in the Vietnam conflict. A man who loved being a pilot more than climbing the ranks, Broughton's voice has integrity and heart to spare. Primarily, he writes about the aircraft he was assigned to fly (he flew virtually every fighter in the inventory) and the missions of each posting. But he also writes vividly about the transient, near-nomadic lifestyle a post-WWII military career could become (he and his family made three coast-to-coast moves in 15 months). Touched with humor and loss and the frustrations of military life under a growing bureaucracy, Broughton's tour brings to life what was probably the most exciting time in history to be an Air Force pilot.
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Broad spectrum of topics makes it good read.