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The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet & EA-18G Growler: A Developmental and Operational History (Schiffer Military History) Hardcover – January 28, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Military History
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764340417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764340413
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Elward is an appellate attorney who also works as a freelance author specializing in military aviation topics. Brad's focus is naval aviation with special emphasis on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, Boeing P-8A Poseidon and Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking, as well as the naval air war in Vietnam. He writes regularly for various international military aviation publications and has served as a media consultant on a major military aviation program.

Brad's first work was a 50-page article on the S-3 Viking for World Air Power Journal. Published in 1997, the article has become the leading work on the Viking. His first book was the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk for The Crowood Press.

He holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and a J.D. degree (magna cum laude) from Southern Illinois University School of Law. He frequently writes and speaks on legal issues related to workers' compensation and appellate law.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andre 2015 on February 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
O.k. the cover artwork doesn't do the best job in telling you this is what you need when you are a fan of the Super Hornet and Growler.
But it is.
The photography is state of the art as are the reproductions, no matter if they are double spreads, single pages or the smaller ones used to illustrate statements or technical details. Every picture helps you get a better feeling for this tremendous jet.
But of course that is not all.

Brad Elward has done a fabulous job in explaining the jet: the entire process of development - why make a Super Hornet and not go for a new project, etc., it's place in the US Navy, USAF (incl. detailed deployments) and the Royal Australian Air Force, of course the crews and their stories/experiences, armament and engines. What jets it would replace and why. The Super Hornet's/Growler's place in aviation history, its rivals and what we might have coming in the future.

So is this a coffee table picture book? No. Too heavy and too much information.

Is it a kit builder book with amateur shots of every angle to get things right in plastic/scale? No. Just high class professional photography and too much text/information.

Is this a technical "how to fly the Super Hornet" book with drawings of every knob and button in the cockpit and lessons in aerodynamics? No. That would have turned it into an even larger and heavier monster with the technical details probably turning off too many readers.

It's everything else - but most of all it makes you love and respect the jet (in case you didn't already)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Morgan on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Brad Elward has put together what will undoubtedly be "THE" book on the Super Hornet/Growler family for some time. It's big (almost 450 pages), heavy and packed full of practically everything anyone would want to know about the series.
The author, who had the help of Boeing to put this work together, interviewed numerous individuals, both Navy and civil, who were instrumental in the development of the designs.
Text is informative without being tedious, supported with end notes and covers all aspects of design, development and deployment.
Eleven detailed appendices are included, which cover production numbers, squadrons and deployments up to 2012 as well as other information. Pictures are almost all in color, well reproduced and suitably captioned.
This is a tremendous work and although certainly not `definitive' due to the aircrafts' 'in use' status, it it hard to see any other book matching the shear amount of detail found here prior to the types' retirement, which is still decades away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lon nordeen on May 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know nearly all the data available on the Super Hornet and Growler--this is the book you want! It has 488 pages of excellent history, data, photos, charts and other information. I keep reading and reading and the more I do, the more I enjoy this book!

Brad Elward and Schiffer have done a super job on this book and covering a topic many have ignored. Sad to say that other fighter programs have gotten more focus and yet after a decade of continued funding, have produced so little.

However the Super Hornet design and production team and the Navy have filled the carrier decks with a quality strike fighters and now Growler jammers that meet their requirements, do the job and have been on cost, ahead of schedule and followed a preplanned growth path from the start! The focus should be on success, and the relative cost, excellent readiness and performance of this jet in combat deserves more positive attention than it has received. Brad had done a great job of bringing this story to life with this excellent book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernard V. Moore II on May 18, 2013
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A beautifully produced masterpiece. I am so happy with his book that I only have two criticisms. First, in writing how effective the F/A-18A/Cs were in DESERT STORM, the author fails to mention the shoot down of LCDR Speicher and his F/A-18 by an Iraqi MiG-25.I consider this a major goof. Second, he glosses over had badly the Northrop and McDonnell designers got it with the "legacy" F/A-18A/C but under estimating the drag and thus loss of range and endurance. In effective, the "new" F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is not the new plane the designers and this writer would have you believe in the sense that one look tells you it's really just a development of the F/A-18 trying to "get it right" this time. Unfortunately, the splayed out external stores pylons ruin the chance for the designers to say, "Hey, we finally got it right!" But all in all, the Super Hornet seems to be a superb fighter (though no F-22), and this book is gorgeous, and worth the F-18 price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Kunzler on September 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very much appreciate reading all the details of these aircraft - especially the EA-18G Growler. One can sit back and read for hours about how the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet's & EA-18G Growler's development, testing, operation and history. There are also many nice full color pictures interwoven with the text.

A pricey book, but well worth the price. Such histories of a particular airplane model with interviews of Boeing employees & US Navy sailors don't come about very often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tucson Tom on December 12, 2014
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This is the highest quality airplane book I have ever seen!

Paper quality, printing quality, photographs, detailed descriptions.

An outstanding reference book that is well worth the price.

Greatly enjoying the details of how the F/A-18 family beat out the Grumman A-6 family, the F-14 family, and the A-12 project that never flew.

It will take a long time to finish reading it.

Outstanding job!

Consider that once upon a time, the Air Force had a design competition to make the fighter mafia happy. What came out of it was the F-16 and the F-17, and the F-17 became the F-18. Amazing sequence of events.

The Air Force screwed up when it canceled the EF-111A and sent them to the boneyard. Not having a jammer that could keep up with the Air Force attack fleet, we ended up losing an F-117 and the wreckage of our stealth fighter ended up with the Chinese. For a long time, the Air Force could not make a decision on what to do. [You've heard it: "Gee, I don't know...."] Years of procrastination. [Well, maybe we could add jammer canoes to a B-52. ] [Well, maybe we could convert an F-35 stealth fighter to a jammer plane!] Finally, the Navy came up with the idea of adding the A-6 jammer pods to an F-18; and it worked!]
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