• From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog

  • Memoirs of a Cold War Fighter Pilot
  • By: Steven K Ladd
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bolton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fighter pilots! Images of Baron Manfred von Richthofen and Eddie Rickenbacker in the Great War, Johnnie Johnson, Robert Stanford Tuck and Richard Bong in the Second World War, or Robin Olds in Vietnam, all spring to mind. Volumes have been written about them, past and present. Understandably, most of these revolve around the skill, cunning and bravery that characterizes this distinctive band of brothers, but there are other dimensions to those who take to the skies to do battle that have not been given the emphasis they deserve—until now.

You do not have to be an aviation aficionado to enjoy Colonel Steve Ladd’s fascinating personal tale, woven around his 28-year career as a fighter pilot. This extremely engaging account follows a young man from basic pilot training to senior command through the narratives that define a unique ethos. From the United States to Southeast Asia; Europe to the Middle East; linking the amusing and tongue-in-cheek to the deadly serious and poignant, this is the lifelong journey of a fighter pilot.

The anecdotes provided are absorbing, providing an insight into life as an Air Force pilot, but, in this book, as Colonel Ladd stresses, the focus is not on fireworks or stirring tales of derring-do. Instead, this is an articulate and absorbing account of what life is really like among a rare breed of arrogant, cocky, boisterous, and fun-loving young men who readily transform into steely professionals at the controls of a fighter aircraft.

From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog is a terrific listen: the legacy of a fighter pilot.

©2021 Steven K Ladd (P)2021 Pen and Sword

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What an excellent book!

Having read countless fighter pilot biographies through the years, this book ranks at the top of the list! Through my professional career working with the USAF, i have encountered many a pilot and can count more than a few as dear friends. Listening to Steve’s book vividly bring all of my fighter pilot buddies to mind as well as his excellent and dare i say it humorous recollections of the well meaning antics that can “sometimes” take place when fighter pilots gather. The book also features excellent narration from someone who is as enthusiastic about the book as the author. Great read!!!!!

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A 28 year history of Air Force fighter duty.

Lucky indeed to have lived a dream for the duration of a 28 year career in the United States Air Force, Colonel Steven Ladd gives a look into the community of the best of the best. well written, well narrated, and a life well lived.

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A great review of fighter pilot life.

I loved this book, I was 5 years behind Lad in the USAF, and really enjoyed his story.

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Absolutely amazing

The life of Steven Ladd is filled with twist and turns far travels while being a fighter pilot during the height of the Cold War. He masterfully tells the story of fighter pilots and their tight knit community

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Good Book, a little more action please

I liked the book, but I would have liked a bit more combat action, to go with what is there.

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The best overall fighter pilot memoir I have read.

Steve Ladd didn't make this book about his daring exploits. in fact, he didn't describe any of his sorties in Vietnam despite flying over 150 missions there. he chose instead to make this book about his 28 year journey as a fighter pilot. he had the good fortune to attain the rank of Colonel with few staff assignments, and rose to run the largest air combat unit in Europe while still flying missions.

The narration was first rate despite occasional audio quality problems.

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Wonderful insight into the life of fighter pilots.

One of these rich consuming audio books that seems only an hour in length before the end comes all too soon. The Colonel states early in the book that he wishes to describe the life of fighter pilots in the time in which he served, the good, the bad and the funny. Which he very much does. This differs from other autobiographical works that delve more into mission related accounts. Providing a much different prospective worth hearing.