For more than thirty years, Giora Even-Epstein flew fighters for the Israel Air Force, achieving recognition as a highly skilled military aviator and the highest-scoring jet-mounted ace with the most number of confirmed victories in the French Mirage. Having overcome numerous hurdles just to learn how to fly, he went on to compile a record of Arab MiGs and Sukhoi kills that bettered any other combat aviators’ tally in the entire world. This fast-moving autobiography details his experiences particularly in the intense conflicts of 1967, the Six Day War, and 1973, the Yom Kippur War. The reader shares the cockpit with him as he describes every action he undertook with No. 101 Squadron, including the greatest jet-versus-jet air battle in history with four MiG-21 kills in one engagement. His final score was seventeen aerial victories. After his last battle he became commander of the First Jet Squadron, No. 117, began civilian flying as an El Al pilot and eventually moved to the reservist squadron No. 254 Midland Squadron which he ended up commanding. Giora ended his military career with the achievement of being the eldest IAF pilot to fly a F-16, and his flying career as an El Al pilot, age 65. Along the way he met numerous fighter pilot legends such as Douglas Bader, Al Deere, Pierre Clostermann and Randy Cunningham. Affable and enthusiastic, Giora gained the nickname ‘Hawkeye’ because of his amazing vision of more than 20/15, enabling him to pick out enemy aircraft long before his squadron mates. His story is of one man’s unfaltering dedication to his dreams and his country. As the leading jet ace it is one well worth telling and, critically, it can be told in his own words.
"I had high hopes for this book, and it did not disappoint. Hawkeye is not just an autobiographical collection of “'here I was' war stories (though there are plenty of those), but also touches on the history of the state of Israel, its conflicts with Arab neighbors and Israel Air Force (IAF) training and tactics." ~Aviation History Magazine
"This book is highly recommended for readers interested in air-to-air combat or Israel’s wars." ~Air & Space Power History