- The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle
- Narrated by: Johanna Parker
- Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-29-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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On January 2, 2004, Captain 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 illusive 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.
Kimberly's Flight is the story of Captain Hampton's exemplary life. This story is told through nearly 50 interviews and her own emails to family and friends, and is entwined with Ann Hampton's narrative of loving and losing a child.
Retired award-winning journalist Anna Simon was been a reporter with The Greenville News in South Carolina for 21 years. She received the South Carolina Press Association's first place award for Reporting in Depth for 2009, and is a past recipient of multiple awards in education reporting, the press association's Judson Chapman Award for Community Service, and other news and feature writing awards.
Kimberly's mother, Ann Hampton, first met Anna Simon at the bleakest point in her life, immediately following her daughter's death, when Ms. Simon wrote a series of stories for The Greenville News about Kimberly's life and the reaction in the small Southern town of Easley, SC to her death. Ann has traveled twice to Iraq, in 2010, as a Gold Star Mom in a "Hugs for Healing" program sanctioned by the U.S. State Department, where American and Iraqi mothers grieving the deaths of their children worked side-by-side on humanitarian projects, and in 2011 on a humanitarian mission with "Friends of Kurdistan".
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Danish Princess on 10-07-15
Most Moving Story I Have Read in 20 Years
Would you consider the audio edition of Kimberly's Flight to be better than the print version?
Probably not, but don't let that stop you. The only knock on this is the narration, but the story is so good, it makes no difference. The narration is not horrible, just a little wooden.
What did you like best about this story?
The individual details and in-depth sharing of her life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The Real Life Story of An American Soldier Who Gave it All
Any additional comments?
I can't put into words why this was so good. I think it has to do with the reality of it. Just give it a listen and if you can turn it off I would be amazed.
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