Tornado Over the Tigris
Recollections of a Fast Jet Pilot
Imprint: Pen and Sword Aviation
After achieving a boyhood ambition to qualify as an RAF pilot, Michael Napier was posted to RAF Bruggen in Germany where he spent five years flying Tornado GR1 strike/attack aircraft at the height of the Cold War. Always exhilarating, sometimes amusing and often dangerous, Michael Napiers Tornado flying ranged from routine low-flying in continental Europe and the UK, to air combat maneuvering in Sardinia and the ultra-realistic Red Flag exercises in the USA.
Progressing from struggling first-tourist to respected four-ship leader, he then became an instructor at the Tactical Weapons Unit at RAF Chivenor. This tour, during which he flew the Hawk, provided yet more exciting and challenging flying. He returned to the Tornado at Bruggen as a Flight Commander shortly after the Gulf War and subsequently flew a number of operational sorties over Iraq, which included leading air-strikes against Iraqi air defense installations as part of major Coalition operations.
This is his story, told with ease and great style. It is sure to inspire a fresh generation of fast jet pilots as they strive to make their own marks in this field.
"Overall it was a great read to hear for real about the military pilot's experience; I often wonder how they fit into airline and commercial flying after midnight low flying missions where your only passenger is a navigator! A great read." ~The Log, Spring 2016