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Kimberly's Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle
Kimberly's Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle
 
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On January 2, 2004, U.S. Army Captain Kimberly N. Hampton was flying an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter above Fallujah, Iraq, in support of a raid on an illicit weapons marketplace, searching for an elusive sniper on the rooftops of the city. A little past noon her helicopter was wracked by an explosion. A heat-seeking surface-to-air missile had gone into the exhaust and knocked off the helicopter’s tail boom. The helicopter crashed, killing Kimberly.

Kimberly’s Flight is the story of Captain Hampton’s exemplary life. This story is told through nearly fifty interviews and her own e-mails to family and friends, and is entwined with Ann Hampton’s narrative of loving and losing a child.

“Kimberly’s Flight is many things. It’s the story of the loss all parents’ dread, whatever form it takes. It’s the story of an outstanding young woman who realized her ambition to rise in military, fly helicopters and lead soldiers into combat. It provides a detailed and interesting insight into the challenges, hardships and occasional wackiness of life in a combat zone…Finally it’s a book about healing, as the Hamptons found ways to celebrate their daughter’s life and remember her in meaningful ways. “ -Independent Mail

“…nearly flawless….Captain Hampton’s story is a compelling one, done justice by the authors of this well researched, well sourced, easy to read book. This inspiring story of self-discipline, leadership, patriotism and sacrifice should be required reading for a country far removed from the concept of total war. Even the war’s staunchest critics will enjoy this unromanticized picture of heroism.” -ON POINT

[Hardcover, 240 pages, Anna Simon (Author), Ann Hampton (Author), William B. Caldwell (Foreword)]


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