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Topgun

By: Dan Pedersen
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
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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 immortalised 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.    

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©2019 Dan Pedersen (P)2019 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: History

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Great listen

Really excellent book, fascinating history lesson without any chest beating. Remarkable what he helped achieve
Fabulous narration also
Highly recommend

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loved it

A really enjoyable book. Full of history and details I had no idea about. I found it impossible to visualise the dogfight manouvers which is a shame for me but it wasn't surprising.
I'd recommend this to any aviation enthusiast.

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brilliant audiobook

what a Man, absolutely brilliant how this team did what they did, fantastic read

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