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Dan Hampton

The New York Times and international best-selling author, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton is a highly decorated former combat fighter pilot. Awarded a Purple Heart, four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor and eight Air Medals with Valor, Hampton flew 151 combat missions in the Middle East during both Gulf Wars and hundreds more as a private military contractor. A graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS) and USAF Special Operations School, Hampton has lived abroad in Europe and the Middle East, and was an exchange officer with the Egyptian Air Force.   

Since The New York Times best-selling "Viper Pilot," his additional best-sellers include "The Mercenary," "Lords of the Sky," "The Hunter Killers," "The Flight," "Chasing the Demon" and "Vengeance." His next work, "Valor," releases in April 2022. Hampton's books have been translated into a dozen languages with excerpts published in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Post, USA Today, Parade and Newsday. He has also been featured on the History Channel/A&E documentary "Finding Amelia," and Discovery's "The Alaska Triangle," as well as the BBC, CSPAN and Breitling’s "Anthem." Hampton is a frequent guest discussing foreign affairs and geopolitics on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Newsmax, Sirius XM, IHeart Radio and NPR. He has been a guest analyst for Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Neil Cavuto, The Cycle and Anderson Cooper360.

Hampton consults for the U.S. and allied governments on counterterrorism and is the CEO of MVI International, a private military company. He has a Bachelor of Architecture (BA) from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science (MS) in Aeronautics, has studied in-residence at Exeter College, Oxford, and holds a Master of Arts (MA) from Dartmouth. He speaks French and Arabic, and has a working knowledge of German.  


The Astonishing World War II Saga of One Man's Defiance and Indomitable Spirit
History / Biography
St. Martin's Publishing Group
May 2022
ISBN 9781250275851
352 pages

Operation Vengeance
The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II
History / Biography
HarperCollins Publishers
August 2021
ISBN 9780062938107
Paperback, 448 pages

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