The new book:

BEFORE TOPGUN DAYS -- The Making of a Jet Fighter Instructor

“Here’s a great read for any aviation enthusiast, and especially for anyone considering a career in Naval Aviation.” —Vice Admiral “Streak” Chanik, USN (Ret.), former F-14 pilot and Topgun instructor

Dave “Bio” Baranek was just another kid with a dream. After college, he joined the Navy to become a fighter pilot. But his eyesight was waning. He knew he would never reach that goal. Undaunted, he plowed ahead and found his niche as a radar intercept operator in the backseat of the sleek new Grumman F-14 Tomcat. 

Join Baranek in Before Topgun Days as he takes you along for this greatest, most exciting time of his young life: training to become a naval flight officer. In this prequel to his popular memoir, Topgun Days, Baranek brings to life the anxieties and excitement of the fast-paced world of fighter jocks. Dozens of full-color photos put you right there, in on the action. From a green recruit to an experienced flyer, you’ll discover what it took to become a Topgun instructor – and what it took to land a crippled jet on a rolling, pitching carrier deck!

BEFORE TOPGUN DAYS SPECS:

Size: 6" x 9" hardcover

Pages: 236 pages, including glossary; dozens of photos and diagrams 

TOPGUN DAYS
DOGFIGHTING, CHEATING DEATH, AND HOLLYWOOD GLORY AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST FIGHTER JOCKS
BY DAVE "BIO" BARANEK


Wordle (TM) word cloud of TOPGUN DAYSTopgun Days straps readers into the Navy's hottest jet fighters, a world many have seen in movies and television, but few have experienced. Readers quickly understand the thrills of roaring afterburners and supersonic shockwaves, and the split-second terror when our amiable narrator Bio ejects from his crashing fighter.

Readers also experience the human side, sharing Bio's aspirations and humorous stumbles, and ultimately the satisfying triumph of becoming a Topgun instructor, the best of the best. While Bio does indeed make it to the top of the pyramid, he keeps his sense of joy that comes with such an accomplishment and his keen fascination with the technical and visceral aspects of dogfighting in jet fighters. His engaging writing will have readers feeling the g-forces, as he describes events and sights most people have never imagined.

 

Artwork by André Jans

 

TOPGUN DAYS SPECS:
    Size: 6" x 9" hardcover or softcover
    Pages: 320, including 22 pages of reference material
    Cover price: $24.95 hardcover; $16.95 softcover

Also available as an e-book and audio-book.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., an imprint of W W Norton [SKYHORSE SITE]