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Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  16 reviews
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and crucial lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.

Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare dir
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Threshold Editions
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Kevin Starbuck
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed the back story of tanker operations in support of American air power. Mark Hasara does an outstanding job of story telling that ties to life lessons.
Aaron Kendal
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An well-written and interesting inside look at the logistics of air power and the overlooked and often unloved but vital tanker aircraft needed to project power and implement national policy.

The theme of the book in one line: "You Can't Kick A__ Without Tanker Gas".

You'll read that line a lot in this book, and this autobiography proves it to be true. Taking you through Colonel Hasara's experiences as both pilot and refueling planner in peacetime and war you get a view from the cockpit of the en
Ronald J.
Interesting look at the importance of tanker pilots. As they say, no one kicks ass without gas. There's some good stories about the Gulf War and Iraq/Afghanistan Wars, which the author flew in. I found the book a bit too long and disjointed, but still interesting if you love aviation. The pictures he took are beautiful as well.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After a 24-year career flying KC-135 tankers, retired Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hasara has made a unique contribution to the field of military memoirs and aviation history. It's not too hard to stroll down the right aisle in a book store and find books by fighter and attack pilots, but you'd have a more difficult time finding one from the prospective a tanker pilot. That's a shame, because aerial refueling is critical to everything military aviation does, from combat operations to humanitarian rel ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: naval-warfare
I'm an experienced, non-USAF military pilot who struggled with all the USAF-centric acronyms in the first five chapters of this book. Then I reached chapter six in which the author wrote compellingly about KC-135 tankers that went into hostile country in order to fuel a large group of fighters returning from their mission objectives almost on fumes. (Here's a clue: aircraft don't fly on just fumes.) Every pilot can appreciate the hard-edged tension that always creeps into your being when your fu ...more
Michael Divan
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not only are there great stories to read this book is packed full of helpful information in life or at work. When life hits you with a “Vector Check” you can take advantage of it or fold. This book will help you take advantage of all that comes your way good or bad. There are numerous quote from famous folks to not so famous and they are all inspiring.

On just the military side I had no idea how valuable airborne tankers are. Fighter and attack aircraft get all the glory but they do n
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Highly technical book about Air Force air refueling during the 1990-2003 time frame. Full of jargon and stories understandable only by those who know it already--probably boring and incomprehensible by others. Good war stories with leadership lessons attached. For that reason, the book will probably survive on the Air Force reading list for awhile before it's last copy is sold in a garage sale. And,what did Rush Limbaugh contribute? The guy who gave it to me said that when I'm done...give it awa ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
One of the best books I’ve read in years! All very well told stories of historical events, quotes and up to date lessons of life. A view into a major logistical part of airborne forces is given by Mr. Hasara. I absolutely loved this book! Vector check, due North!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book telling things about what goes on the air during war that most of us never dreamed about. In the movies, planes but shoot things and bomb things not showing what it take to keep those planes flying
Stan Sorensen
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating and learned a lot about our air capability and logistics. Always interesting.
Jeff Fambrough
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, military
Really enjoyed the stories. Love war stories
Jake LeCount
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Motivating. Each story relates to civilian life in terms of experience and lesson.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Felt he was torn between telling his interesting stories or writing a motivational book. Wish he told more stories about his service time.
Nicholas Kanakis
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look into the world of a tanker pilot. I can only hope that I’ll be able to contribute to this community as a pilot and planner in the near future.
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Shelves: 2020-read-books
Makes me want to fuel up
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