COLONEL DAN HAMPTON
New York Times bestselling author, U.S. Air Force legend and aviation historian Dan Hampton is one of the most decorated fighter pilots since the Vietnam War. Over a 20-year career, Colonel Hampton flew 151 combat missions, fought in both Gulf Wars, secured American airspace on 9/11 and flew the first plane over the border during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His New York Times bestselling Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat, gives a rare look into the elite world of fighter pilots through gripping, heart-racing accounts of contemporary air combat. His other bestsellers include The Flight: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing, Lords of the Sky, The Hunter Killers, The Mercenary and Chasing the Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier.
As the most lethal F-16 “Wild Weasel” pilot in American history, Colonel Hampton was credited with 21 hard kills on surface-to-air-missile sites with 726 hours in combat. Among many other combat decorations he has been awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, and a Purple Heart. A graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS) and USAF Special Operations School, Dan logged more than 4,000 hours flying the F-16 and F-22. Following the military he spent three years in the private military sector, becoming a station chief for Southern Iraq before retiring again.
With his expertise on security and counterterrorism, Dan has consulted for both the U.S. and allied governments. Colonel Hampton has appeared on Newsmax, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs, geopolitics, military, aviation and intelligence issues, and has been a guest analyst for Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, The Cycle, and Anderson Cooper360. Dan’s work has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parade, Forbes, People, and Newsday.
Dan has lived in all corners of the world, including Germany, Spain, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. He speaks French and Arabic, and has served as an exchange officer in the Egyptian Air Force. He has studied at Oxford, holds a Masters of Aeronautics, and is a Master of Arts candidate at Dartmouth.
“Hampton’s one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history… we may never see his like again.”
The New York Post
“The Flight,” Dan Hampton’s compelling and well-researched new chronicle of the historic crossing.”
“ Lords of the Sky is an excellent, well-researched, literate overview of twentieth-century warfare…”
Steven Coonts, NY Times bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder
“Viper Pilot is a rare, riveting memoir of a highly decorated fighter pilot that’s packed with grit, swagger and great humor.”
W.E.B Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
“A gifted speaker who skillfully mixes humor, inspiration and compelling first-hand tales…Dan Hampton delivers!
Azalea Festival Executive Committee
“Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior…An outstanding work.”
“Exciting. … Hampton’s command of the nuances of technology, in addition to his knowledge of the Vietnam War on the ground and in the air, renders this book both informative and moving. A fast-paced Vietnam War story.”
Kirkus on The Hunter Killers
“Most lethal F-16 ‘Wild Weasel’ pilot in American history.”
The Daily Mail
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LESSONS FROM THE COCKPIT: LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK and PEAK PERFORMANCE
From the cockpit to the boardroom, optimum performance and successful campaigns require a range of elements, from confidence and the right mindset to proper preparation.
A celebrated fighter pilot and CEO of a private military company who has led elite teams on missions behind enemy lines around the world, Dan Hampton delivers practical lessons about:
Dan Hampton will inspire you and shares insights that could change your life.
Global Terror and Security Challenges: An Assessment of Risks and Strategies
In this speech, Dan Hampton analyzes security challenges, military conflicts, and terror threats around the world and how to deal with them. Drawing from his experiences in combat and consulting for the US Government on counterterrorism and security, Hampton provides an up-to-date look at the risks and developments that could impact your organization.
Lords of the Sky: The Past, Present and Future of Combat Aviation In less than a century, humans went from Wilbur and Orville Wright to Neil Armstrong, from firing flare guns over trenches in World War One to drones controlled by pilots thousands of miles away.
Dan Hampton delivers a comprehensive and action-packed 100-year history of combat aviation, from World War One to today. From the exhilarating stories of some of aviation’s most legendary warriors, Hampton’s presentation will leave audiences in awe of the technology and the pilots.
WATER: THE NEXT WAR
COMBAT LESSONS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE, LOVE, AND EVERYDAY LIFE