This is the story of the unheralded Tactical Fighter Command whose jets are ready at a moment's notice to take up ""hot spot"" positions anywhere in the world. It is told, competently and authoritatively, by an aviation writer who is also a reserve fighter pilot. The history of the command is recounted. The problems of long-distance flights, air refueling, and crashes due to overstrained planes makes tense, exciting reading. On the other hand the personal problems of uprootings---families left behind, adjustments to constantly changing homes, etc.---give the story a human touch. A side look at the new super jets, their equipment, and their rocket missiles, along with projections of a get unfinished ""Witch"" fighter which can fly anywhere, add interesting current notes. Good, well-paced reading.