Typhoon is the first inside account of the RAF's war against the Islamic Caliphate in 2015. Taking command of 1 (Fighter) Squadron had been the pinnacle of Wing Commander Mike Sutton's career until the day he was told he would be leading his 15 pilots into battle against a brutal enemy raping and slaughtering its way across the Middle East. Their mission was to help stop the terrorists in their tracks.
The close collaboration of Sutton and Thurlow provides a rare insight into the high-pressure, high-stakes world of an RAF Squadron at war. It is also the story of the Eurofighter FRG4, the most advanced multi-role aircraft in the world. Capable of flying at nearly twice the speed sound, Typhoon can also deliver a heavy bomb load with lethal precision.
'An adrenaline-fuelled, gripping account that puts you right in the cockpit of one of the RAF's most modern combat aircraft,' John Nichol, best-selling author of Spitfire and Tornado Down.
'Few war memoirs achieve lasting popular acclaim . . . The exceptions are the ones that tell timeless truths about, usually men, in battle and its human costs - Stephen E. Ambrose's Band of Brothers and Paul Brickhill's Reach for the Sky spring to mind. Mike Sutton's Typhoon may well be another,
Sutton and his rightly acknowledged writing partner tell the career story of someone who achieved his childhood ambition of being a fighter pilot and serving his country, and also challenged himself on the reason and context for doing so, and shows that behind the "fighter" pilot image there are fundamentally decent and honourable human beings, not big boys with toys. Yes, it's glamorous, but also tough to do and was done with honourable purpose, and Sutton shows it was done professionally and properly; he rightly recognises the contributions and sacrifices made by many people,
Amazon 5***** James Newmarch
Visceral . . . Captivating,