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Hangar Flying

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
A riveting, personal account and a new standard in the literature of military aviation.

General Merrill A. “Tony” McPeak was the 14th chief of staff of the US Air Force. HANGAR FLYING is a memoir of his early service in fighter squadrons, a story about military flying in the tumultuous 1960s. The book may be regarded as a primary source for understanding what happened in f
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Lost Wingman Press (first published April 19th 2012)
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Aug 11, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, e-book
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

During my career as a fighter pilot I served under several USAF chiefs of staff. Each had his eccentricities, but General McPeak (or, as we called him, Skeletor) stood out. He didn't like the word "regulation," forcing every existing USAF regulation to be rewritten as an "instruction." He introduced a new uniform with Navy-style sleeve rank; then, after every officer had been forced to buy one, dictated a return to the old Class A uniform. He deactivated the Tactical Air
May 01, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much has been written about this period in America’s military history (the 60s), and yet Hangar Flying is a rarity: a beautifully written, impressively detailed memoir that tackles these Cold War years from the air.

The launch of Merrill “Tony” McPeak's flying career gives an unimpeded, pilot’s view on the decade: from his youthful education in fighter squadrons to hundreds of performances around the world as a solo pilot with the Thunderbirds and finally close to 300 missions in Vietnam. What f
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General Merrill A. (“Tony”) McPeak entered the Air Force in 1957 as a Distinguished Graduate of the San Diego State College ROTC program. A career fighter pilot, he spent two years with the Air Force’s elite aerobatic team, the Thunderbirds, performing before millions of people in nearly 200 official air shows in the U.S. and overseas. He flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam. Senior leadership assi ...more
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