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.
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.
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
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
240 pages, Anna Simon (Author), Ann Hampton (Author), William B. Caldwell