Navy lieutenants David Kincaid and Douglas Bakker honed their flying skills over the Nevada desert. Assigned to a carrier on the South China Sea, they soared through South Vietnam's skies, whetting their appetites for the real thing: a dogfight in the North. But on their first ride over the DMZ the two hotshot flyers found out that an undertrained, underfed North Vietnamese pilot can kill like a top gun in the cockpit of a MiG. Knocked out of the skies for the first time, Kincaid and Bakker would return on a mission of their own. Soon in the SAM-littered airspace over Hanoi they'd be hunting for a MiG-21 with a cobra painted on the tail—while in Saigon's Gunfighter's Club the other pilots would drink a toast and wonder how far two men can go for revenge...
They were America's elite, battle-hardened flyers... men who came from every service and every corner of the war. They lived with the agony and irony that was Vietnam and flew with courage and commitment. This is their story.