Wings of Fury

Wings of Fury

They are America's best fighter pilots -- from the Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Heroes who push the envelope with their machines, their bodies, and the will to fight and win on their...
Here, these airborne warriors reveal themselves as never before. Ride shotgun with TOPGUN pilot Dale "Snort" Snodgrass as he becomes the first student pilot ever to land an F-14 Tomcat on an aircraft carrier. Silver Star winner Rob Graeter recalls a Cold War close call as he flew his F-15 Eagle over Soviet waters -- almost triggering World War III. Feel the adrenaline as Brian "Rocky" Fitzpatrick remembers test-flying the F/A-18 Hornet when it suddenly went haywire, leaving him with a crippled plane, a faulty parachute -- and a very long way down....
From the training grounds of Miramar to combat in Vietnam and Desert Storm, these are the stories of those who defend our skies -- and the dramatic evolution of modern air warfare.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671747947 | 
  • June 1998
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I'm not a flyer, but I always wanted to be. I can't remember why I failed the aviator's written test the air force sergeant gave me back in 1967, right after I'd graduated from the University of Florida. I thought I'd done well. So I became an air force information officer instead. That was during the Vietnam War.

But I always kept my interest, eventually getting to write a book about fighter pilots in Vietnam, Scream of Eagles, which came out in 1990 -- just before the Gulf War.

A lot had happened in fighter aviation since the late 1960s and early 1970s, the period I had concentrated on in the book. I... see more

About the Author

Robert K. Wilcox
Photo Credit: Caleb Eshes

Robert K. Wilcox

Robert K. Wilcox is the award-winning, bestselling author of such military works as Wings of Fury, Japan's Secret War, and Black Aces High. In addition to his writing for film and television, he has reported for The New York Times, contributed to the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine as well as numerous other publications, and was an editor at the Miami News. During the Vietnam War, he served as an Air Force information officer. He lives in Los Angeles. Please visit his website at




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