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“Roger Ball!” doesn’t just take you into the fighter pilot’s cockpit as so many fine books about aviation have done. This book puts the reader inside the skin of one of the Navy’s true characters. John Monroe “Hawk” Smith.
—Leighton Warren Smith, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Roger Ball! is the personal story of John Monroe “Hawk” Smith’s esteemed career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot from 1963 to 1993. Author Donald E. Auten provides a forceful account of the rollicking fun of deployment, the challenges of leadership, and the adrenaline rush of air-combat maneuvering. But life as a carrier pilot has a dark and frightening side too …
Suddenly, everything caught up with them at once. The ball dropped to the bottom of the lens, the LSO screamed for more power …Hawk strained to see the ball but caught only a momentary glimpse of a cherry red ball lying on the bottom of the lens accompanied by brilliantly flashing wave off lights.
KAWHOMPPHH!!! The Phantom came aboard with all the grace of a pallet of bricks. The impact caged his eyeballs and shot a spike of pain through his spinal column. They hit hard—harder than Hawk thought anything could hit without ending up in the hanger deck forty feet below.
Vom Verlag: "Roger Ball!" straps the reader to a high-G odyssey and catapults him into the life of John Monroe "Hawk" Smith—Navy fighter pilot. It captures the adventures and hardships of deployment, the pressures of command, and the unforgiving and very lethal nature of tactical flying.
"Roger Ball! heralds the disciples of fighter doctrine, the inauguration of TOPGUN, and articulates the monumental success it had in resurrecting the Navy’s air dominance during the Vietnam War. "Roger Ball!" traces the selfless sacrifices of Hawk and other key fighter crews in developing the world’s deadliest fighter—the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. Finally, it captures the spirit, the commitment, and personal sacrifices of the men and women of naval aviation.
"Roger Ball!" is a highly personal story of an extraordinary fighter pilot set during one of the most tumultuous times in naval fighter aviation. All those who also have been there and all those who have a desire to understand life as a Navy fighter pilot will savor the telling of Hawk’s story.
Buchbeschreibung Iuniverse, Inc., Lincoln, NE, 2006. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. One page corner turned down, a very few instances of highlighting, one or two words, not entire sentences or paragraphs. ; Illus. , inscribed and signed by the author, also inscribed and signed by Smith. Jacket now in a clear protector ; 458 pages; Signed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 30471
Buchbeschreibung iUniverse, Inc. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2532247205
Buchbeschreibung iUniverse, Inc. 2006-06-20, 2006. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 0. 0595676251. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 677217
Buchbeschreibung iUniverse, Inc., 2006. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0595676251