Tornado Over the Tigris

Recollections of a Fast Jet Pilot

Michael John W Napier

 
Date Published :
September 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
black and white illustrations integrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473834132
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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Written from the unique perspective of a fast jet cockpit, Tornado Over the Tigris captures the essence of what it was really like to fly a Tornado at the front-line of the Cold War in Germany and on operations over Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War.

After achieving a boyhood ambition to qualify as an RAF pilot, Michael Napier was posted to RAF Bruggen in Germany where he spent five years flying Tornado GR1 strike/attack aircraft at the height of the Cold War. Always exhilarating, sometimes amusing and often dangerous, Michael Napier’s Tornado flying ranged from ‘routine’ low-flying in continental Europe and the UK, to air combat maneuvering in Sardinia and the ultra-realistic Red Flag exercises in the USA.

Progressing from struggling first-tourist to respected four-ship leader, he then became an instructor at the Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Chivenor. This tour, during which he flew the Hawk, provided yet more exciting and challenging flying. He returned to the Tornado at Bruggen as a Flight Commander shortly after the Gulf War and subsequently flew a number of operational sorties over Iraq, which included leading air-strikes against Iraqi air defense installations as part of major Coalition operations.

This is his story, told with ease and great style. It is sure to inspire a fresh generation of fast jet pilots as they strive to make their own marks in this field.

About The Author
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The elder son of an army officer, Michael Napier joined the RAF in 1978 and served with 14 Squadron as a Tornado pilot in the late 1980s and again in the early 1990s. These two tours engendered a deep interest in 14 Squadron’s distinguished history. He was appointed as Honorary Secretary of the 14 Squadron Association in 2003 and since then has carried out extensive research into the Squadron’s heritage. He is the author of Winged Crusaders: 14 Squadron RFC and RAF 1915-1945, Blue Diamonds: The Exploits of 14 Squadron RAF 1945-2015, Tornado Over the Tigris: Recollections of a Fast Jet Pilot and Gloster Javelin: An Operational History all published by Pen and Sword Books. Now an airline captain, he lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and two children.

REVIEWS
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"Overall it was a great read to hear for real about the military pilot's experience; I often wonder how they fit into airline and commercial flying after midnight low flying missions where your only passenger is a navigator! A great read."

- The Log, Spring 2016

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