Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years (1986-2006) in the United States Air Force. For his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. A frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs, military, aviation, and intelligence issues, he has published in Aviation History, the Journal of Electronic Defense, Air Force Magazine, Vietnam magazine, and Airpower magazine, and written several classified tactical works for the USAF Weapons Review. He is the author of the national bestsellers Viper Pilot and Lords of the Sky, as well as a novel, The Mercenary.
Impressive. ... Finely honed. ... Technically astute. ... Offers insight into the challenges faced by daring men who conquered the 'demon.' -- Aviation History Chasing the Demon flows very smoothly and tells a great story about the pioneers of high-speed flight, primarily from the pilots' perspective. -- JOHN D. ANDERSON, JR., curator of aerodynamics at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum