From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog written by Colonel Steve Ladd and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 310

This book is the memoirs of Colonel Steve Ladd from the USAF, who served 28 years as a fighter pilot, flying as the book says specifically the F-4 Phantom and the A-10 Warthog with a number in between around the world. The book discusses a number life events such as the stresses and strains flying fast jets, family, working as part of a team and quite often all the technical dramas and skills endured by a lifelong pilot. An excellent book about the everyday life and dramas of an everyday pilot.

I must admit to approaching this book and having a pre-conceived idea of what the book was going to be like. I must admit to thinking this would be about a loud, brash, gung-ho, American fighter pilot. Now having read the book, I can say that I was wrong, what comes across in this book is a highly qualified and intelligent man who knew how to work hard and play hard. As someone whose father served in the RAF, what really struck me was the stories and tales of a group of young men forced to work together and work as a well-oiled team. Some of the book sounded familiar such as being a part of a community and having to move around the world every few years with no real choice. This book is very well written, funny along the way and I enjoyed the more personal side of the book. It made a really good change from reading about WW2 aviation, and anyone into reading about Cold War aviation will enjoy this. Highly recommended.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.