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Author of The New York Times bestseller Viper Pilot and The Flight, US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton is one of the most decorated fighter pilots of all time. Throughout his 20-year career, Hampton has always been first in flight, soaring into battle with the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force squadron whose sole mission is to fly behind enemy lines, draw fire from surface-to-air missiles, and make the skies safer for fellow pilots. The recipient of a Purple Heart and four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, Hampton rescued a surrounded US Marine unit from almost certain death and is the most lethal F-16 Wild Weasel Pilot in American history.

Taught to fly at a young age by his father, Hampton climbed up the Air Force ranks. He was named squadron instructor of the year six times, flew 151 combat missions, fought in both Gulf Wars, was the first plane over the border during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and helped secure American airspace on 9/11.

Marking the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s pioneering flight from New York to Paris, Hampton’s new Amazon Bestseller, The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing, is an in-the-cockpit account of Lindbergh’s extraordinary feat.

80 years after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, astonishing new evidence has prompted an investigation into the fate of the legendary aviator. In a History channel special, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, Dan Hampton joins the team as dive master, aviation expert and historian, to solve one of the greatest mysteries of all time.

In his bestselling autobiography, Viper Pilot, he recounts his experiences, from earning wings to surviving combat as a Wild Weasel. Booklist wrote in its starred review, "Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior...An outstanding work.” 

Since Viper Pilot, Hampton has published two other bestsellers, The Mercenary: A Novel  and Lords of the Sky.  His 2015 novel The Hunter Killers compiles unprecedented firsthand interviews and previously unseen personal papers and declassified documents from the Vietnam war. Hampton’s work has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parade, and Newsday among others.

For his expertise on security and counterterrorism, Hampton has consulted both the US government and allied governments. He 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 HannityThe Cycle, and Anderson Cooper360.

One of seven celebrated adventurers featured in Breitling Watches “We Are Breitling: The Anthem” video, Hampton has lived in all corners of the world, including Germany, Spain, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. Fluent in Arabic, he has climbed the Pyramids, run with the bulls in Pamplona, and served as an exchange officer in the Egyptian Air Force.

Hampton has studied at Oxford, holds a Masters of Aeronautics, and is a Master of Arts candidate at Dartmouth. He is currently the CEO of MVI International, a private military company.

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Achieving Peak Performance: Lessons from Beyond the Speed of Sound

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:

  • leadership and decision-making under fire
  • building the best team
  • preparing mentally and physically for big challenges and stressful situations
  • remaining calm and focused when things don’t go your way
  • being adaptive while maintaining total commitment to a mission

 

Dan Hampton will inspire you and shares insights that could change your life.

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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.

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The Spirit of the Flight: Inside the Life & Lessons of Charles Lindbergh

90 years ago, Charles Lindbergh made history with the first ever transatlantic crossing. Determined to claim the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised to the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, Lindbergh would achieve a feat that had already claimed six men’s lives.

Bearing in mind the raw bravery and skill necessary to survive those lonely, uncertain hours in a small, fabric-covered cockpit over the Atlantic, Lindbergh offers us a lesson on risking everything to achieve a goal, and how, even with his triumph, there were many unforeseen pitfalls to success.

With a riveting, in-the-cockpit account, from a pilot who has flown this route solo – countless times during his 20 years in the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton recreates the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of this first flight, with personal accounts of the life and temperament of the man, and his struggles with instant wealth and global celebrity.

At only 25, Lindbergh’s name became immortal, his fortune immense, but was it worth the price? His massive success would prove for a difficult and tumultuous life, including the loss of his child, the wrath of a president, and a restlessness that he could never quite reconcile. But Hampton draws out the complexities of this vulnerable, human man, and asks how we would fare in similar circumstances.

Learn everything you didn’t know about the man and about his dream. Discover Lindbergh’s belief in the power of aviation to join peoples, advance technology, and bring the world closer together.Explore the passion and courage that defines a spirit that Americans can claim with pride, and that we as humans, can all share.  

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The Middle East and the Road Ahead

When it comes to America’s disharmony with the Middle East, there are no easy answers. Islamophobia, the fear of Islam, Muslims, and their world is roughly akin to the Red Scare of the 1950s and 60s. Islamic witch hunts, like the paranoia surrounding Communism, has created a culture of Us vs. Them in the western world, and it hasn’t helped quell the fires of war overseas.
 
The Middle East is a world that America doesn’t totally understand and a conflict that Washington can’t resolve. Like Vietnam, the turmoil in the Middle East needs to be solved by those who live there.
 
In this speech, Dan Hampton looks at the relationship between the Middle East and the rest of the world. He examines the history of the area, the post-Iraq War climate that created ISIS, and the tactical and cultural requirements necessary for stabilization. Dan Hampton spent years in the Middle East, on the ground and in the air, and using his experiences, he delivers an honest analysis Americans won’t find on television.

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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.

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Terror: The War of Ideas

Bad Ideas must be fought with good ideas.
 
Terrorism is a symptom of larger issues. Militarily, insurgents and terror groups can be defeated, but there are no strictly military answers. Without eliminating root causes, there is always another brush fire to fight somewhere else. Dan Hampton discusses the history, culture, and causes behind global terror organizations with personal observations and anecdotes.


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Water: The Next War

It cannot be made synthetically, like oil, and human life vanishes without it. Developing countries are running out of water. Where will they get it in a generation, and what does that mean for the West?

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Books & Other Works
  • The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing
  • The Hunter Killers
  • Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
  • Lords of the Sky
  • The Mercenary: A Novel
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Testimonials
“Intense. … [Hampton’s] overall writing style is excellent; in particular, his vivid, fast-paced combat narratives. … Will appeal to military history fans or anyone looking for an absorbing read.”
Library Journal on Hunter Killers
“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 Hunter Killers
“Hampton’s one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history... we may never see his like again.”
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