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Five Nickels

Nonfiction: Biography
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/15/2022

Five Nickels

True Story of the Desert Storm Heroics and Sacrifice of Air Force Captain Steve Phillis

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696607735


Five Nickels is the true story of Captain Steve Phillis, a decorated Air Force A-10 fighter pilot killed under heroic circumstances while trying to save his downed wingman on their thirtieth Desert Storm combat mission.

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On February 15, 1991, Captain Steve Phillis was leading his wingman, Lieutenant Rob Sweet, on their thirtieth combat mission of Desert Storm flying the A-10 Warthog. They were tasked with attacking Iraq's vaunted Medina Division of the Republican Guards—by far their most dangerous mission of the war.

Near the end of their attacks, Rob was forced to eject from his aircraft and began a five-minute parachute ride down to the troops he and Steve had just finished bombing. Steve, an experienced combat search and rescue pilot and distinguished graduate of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, immediately sprang into action to save the life of his wingman. After spending three minutes and forty-five seconds circling Sweet, Steve's A-10 was hit by an enemy surface-to-air missile.

Five Nickels: True Story of the Desert Storm Heroics and Sacrifice of Air Force Captain Steve Phillis is a love story. Steve loved his family, fiancée, fellow fighter pilots, country, wingman, and life. Yet he was willing to risk them all to fight—and if necessary, die—for what he believed in. Steve's story—from Rock Island, Illinois, to the Air Force Academy, to his life as an A-10 fighter pilot—is the stuff of heroes.

Author Bio

Jim "Boots" Demarest served in Desert Storm as an F-15 pilot and currently serves in a leadership position in the Florida Air National Guard as a brigadier general. The author of Five Nickels and coauthor of Joint Force Leadership, he is a sought-after speaker on topics including leadership and execution improvement.