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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
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Lost Wingman Press (first published April 19th 2012)
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, nonfiction, memoir
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
Good memoir (part-1 of a 3-volume set) from former CSAF McPeak. This book covers his young life up to the early part of his career, flying as a Thunderbird and then as a Misty FAC in Vietnam in about 1969. Overall it's very good, clear, explains things well. It's focused almost entirely on his own experiences, which is probably a good thing for a memoir. You can tell where his heart is, and that is with the Thunderbirds, which he spends a lot more time on and goes into much more detail about tha ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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