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Sierra Hotel: Flying Air Force Fighters In The Decade After Vietnam

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Government Reprints Press (first published 2001)
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Paul
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Interesting Air Force history by a fighter pilot who straddled two eras: flying F-4s in Vietnam, then F-15s and F-16s during the fighter mafia years afterward. The point of his book is to show how neglected the fighter business was during the early years of Vietnam, with inadequate training, lousy weapons, WWII tactics, and poorly-designed jets, then to contrast that time with the boom years that followed, when aggressive and smart fighter pilots were finally able to eng
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Thanasis Gkioles
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sierra Hotel is an invaluable account of the astonishing and tireless efforts that Captains and Majors produce, away from the spotlight.
The writer tells the story of those men that didn't like the way the air force was working and decided to do something about it. He reaffirms, through classic pilot story telling, the common understanding that organisations chamge from the inside and the "perpetrators" are always those closer to the bottom of the pyramid.
Those who serve will enjoy the historic
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Mike Hankins
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read from a pilot's perspective about what the Air Force, particularly the fighter community, was like during and coming out of the Vietnam War. This is not just a memoir, it's a real study of the period, focusing on doctrine and technology, with good examples pulled from the author's experience.

Interpretively, it repeats the typical narrative of Vietnam being full of mistakes, both doctrinal and technological, and the Air Force was "saved" by new tech -- specifically guided munitions, bet
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John Stieven
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to fly fighters with Colonel Anderegg in the Philippines after the time this book was written.

For anyone who is interested in the world of fighters, especially in the post-Vietnam era, this is a well written and easy to follow book -- enjoy!
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