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Bruce Gordon

The Spirit of Attack

Fighter Pilot Stories

This book is written for readers without military experience -- a hundred photos and diagrams support the text. Many photos were taken by the author from his cockpit, while stock photos show aircraft types so the reader can see the aircraft in the story. The first half is the author's personal experiences; the second half is stories that he heard from his fellow pilots. Our Ace of Aces, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, related a story to gathered fighter pilots of a victory in WW I. The author tells of dogfighting the F-106 against the F-104, challenging 20 MiGs off the coast of North Korea, and being involved in President Nixon's "Madman Nuclear Alert" of 1969. In Vietnam, he flew the F-100 at night attacking under flares and supported Cambodian ground troops in a bitter battle against the North Vietnamese. He tells his friend's story of shooting down a MiG in North Korea, then being shot down himself. His friend tells of watching a nuclear bomb test, and he closes with a story of his squadron flying P-38s in WW II, attacking the Ploesti oil fields and being mauled by defending Romanian fighters.








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"Get this book! Excellent read of a fighter pilots experience. Read the book and watch his Youtube (search for Bruce Gordon) channel. Some of his stories will make your hair stand up!" Jon Krocker comment on Spirit of Attack Facebook website


Frank D 5.0 out of 5 stars What an intriguing and rare book! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 20, 2014 Verified Purchase The author shares short stories spanning his experience as a child living in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack through a full and distinguish career as a "combat" fighter pilot. It is rare for a fighter pilot to put stories down in the written word. Pilots seem to prefer verbal communications, using model aircraft mounted on the ends of wooden dowel rods demonstrating energy maneuverability warfare, counter-maneuvers, escape, and most importantly... Attack! Gordon takes the reader on a personal and very real journey, seamlessly inviting the reader to experience the feelings and emotions of the actions in every story. From a mission over Korean waters nearly triggering World War III, and just now in part being declassified, to a unilateral "pay raise" he committed fellow pilots to for the barrack cleaning services of Vietnamese woman in their employ. You won't be able to put this book down. There is no hubris like Tom Cruise in the Top Gun movie. This is the real deal, calm, professional, cool, collected and deadly. Perhaps at one time a level of hubris existed, but not in his book. Nor will you find yourself with the preverbal "The older I get, the better I was." taste in your mouth. I suspect over time chronological age caught up with the author's age as defined by his real life, bleeding edge experiences. Anyone with a desire to learn what it was like to fly real combat missions, patrol at the top of the world in defense of this great nation, or appreciate the endless hours of training, sacrifice and commitment required to do this for 20 plus years will enjoy this book. I have but two complaints, the first being the title. "The Spirit of Attack: Fighter Pilot Stories" may be accurate, but it is incomplete. I would suggest for future printings; "The Spirit of Attack: Combat Fighter Pilot Stories". Just one more word, but it's a big one. A Fighter Pilot is a human being; a Combat Fighter Pilot is a human "Doing". Gordon is a "doer" and has earned this distinction with more than 100 combat missions facing the pointy end of Soviet made Surface to Air Missiles (SAM). In closing I felt I was left hanging. My disappointment rooted in having reached the end of the author's stories. I found myself hungry for more. I believe you will feel the same. I soothed my disappointment by reading this book a second time, a rare thing for me to do. Well Done, Gordon I await a sequel.

Geoffrey Lyons 5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Gordon puts you right in the pilot's seat...! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 20, 2014 Verified Purchase That's no exaggeration, Bruce tells some great stories, no question about it, but it's the stye in which he tells them. He could be sitting right next to you sharing a beer and a few stories. It's really good honest story-telling. I always wondered what it would be like to fly a jet fighter, which for a speed-freak has to be the ultimate rush. Mr. Gordon gives you a pretty good idea of what it feels like to break the sound barrier, and gives technical details that are not 'self-important' and hard to understand, and I get the feeling that he has to use a few tech-words with respect to jet engines etc. but is far more interested in telling the story to let the technical stuff interfere. There are stories from other pilots too, and one in particular where the pilot is witness to atomic testing in the desert, and he describes how for an instant how he could see though the plane as if he were suspended in space with nothing seemingly, holding him airborne...fascinating stuff! The title 'Spirit of Attack' comes from a jet fighter pilot philosophy that Bruce explains, and describes it while comparing it with the 'Bushido Spirit' of the enemy. The beauty of the book is that you don't have to read it all at once, but you can sit there and get involved in a few stories, finish them and put it down and come back later and read a few more, sometimes the same ones...! I recommend this highly... it's a super piece of work, entertaining, informative and yes, kind of exciting...!

WildBill 5.0 out of 5 stars Documenting this era of flight, whle these guys are still with us. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2021 Verified Purchase As an F-106 weapons tech and aircraft crew chief, we launched the aircraft, they disappeared for a couple of hours, then when they re-appeared, we recovered them. This book, and others like it help fill in the missing hours. Even in peacetime, I have recovered pilots that were pale and shaking. You can get killed doing this stuff on a daily basis.

William Howard 5.0 out of 5 stars Life lessons for EVERY Military Member, Cadet, or aspiring Pilot - become a Fighter Pilot! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 22, 2019 Verified Purchase Col Gordon weaves his life story around the lessons he, and many other pilots, learned while becoming Fighter Pilots. Each story shows some facit of the life he led. I'm using these stories with my Civil Air Patrol Cadets in our Aerospace Education lessons. Learning to lead is one of each Cadet's many tasks, and this book is a valuable resource! Col. Gordon also has many videos on YouTube with exciting stories - look for Bruce Gordon and prepare to be amazed!

George Bauer 5.0 out of 5 stars First Hand Views from a Fighter Pilot Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 9, 2014 Verified Purchase I, like the author, Bruce Gordon, spent 20 years in the U.S.Air Force. However, I was in maintenance ensuring the planes were ready and safe to fly. Bruce, on the other hand, saddled up and accomplished the more difficult tasks. Although I was in constant contact with a great many aircrew members, this book puts you in the cockpit and lets you experience all the emotions of being an aircrew member. I thought I knew quite a bit about the flying experience, but I was mistaken. This book provides many first-hand accounts of actually being there. Quite a different view point than talking about it after the fact. If you like aviation in any form, you'll thoroughly enjoy this engaging book.

F-14TommyToro 5.0 out of 5 stars The book is only about a hundred or so pages but it makes for an excellent read whether you are an aircraft enthusiast or a ... Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 20, 2014 Verified Purchase Bruce Gorden hit a winner with this book of his jet pilot experiences. Most of this book deals with the Cold War and the various experiences range from the comical to potentially fatal all interwoven in the context of Cold War history. Gorden is well versed on the characteristics of supersonic flight and his descriptions are riveting. I discovered the book through the association of the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio with an excerpt of Gordon's book appearing in the museum's quarterly publication. The book is only about a hundred or so pages but it makes for an excellent read whether you are an aircraft enthusiast or a history buff, this book delivers the action directly from the cockpit to you. Highly recommended!

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