University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Dan Hampton

The New York Times and international best-selling author, Retired US Air Force Colonel Dan Hampton is one of the most decorated fighter pilots since the Vietnam War. The recipient of a Purple Heart and four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, throughout his 20-year career he flew 151 combat missions in the Middle East during both Gulf Wars and Kosovo. A graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School, Dan has lived abroad in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and was an exchange officer in the Egyptian Air Force. His writing has been translated into a dozen languages and published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parade and Newsday.

Dan Hampton consults for the U.S. and allied governments on counterterrorism and is the former CEO of MVI International, a private military company. A distinguished graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture, he has attended Oxford University, holds a master of science in aeronautics and is currently a master of arts to Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth.

His six books, all published through Harper Colins/William Morrow, are best-sellers and most recently include: "The Hunter Killers," "The Flight" and "Chasing the Demon."

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Scheduled events:
They Felt the Need for Speed
Iraqi war ace Dan Hampton lived his (military) life in the fast lane, and he returns to the cockpit with "Chasing the Demon." In it, he recounts America's ever-increasing need for speed following World War II. What might we look for next in the skies over Tucson? Let's find out!

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Dan Hampton
Moderator: Johanna Eubank
High Flyers
Whose heart hasn't been lifted by the tales of World War II's Flying Tigers, or the courageous pursuit of the sound barrier, or the secret science developed at China Lake? American aviation is filled with heroics and heroes. Some of them can be found in recent books by Dan Hampton, Sam Kleiner, Karen Piper and Robert Kurson.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dan Hampton, Sam Kleiner, Robert Kurson, Karen Piper
Moderator: Lynn Vincent

Chasing the Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It
July 2018
ISBN 9780062688729
$28.99, INSTORE
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The Flight
William Morrow
May 2018
ISBN 9780062464408
336 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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"GRIPPING. ... AN HOUR-BY-HOUR ACCOUNT." — WALL STREET JOURNAL • From one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history comes a masterful account of Lindbergh’s death-defying nonstop transatlantic flight in Spirit of St. More/less

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

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Tucson Medical Center

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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Marshall Foundation

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