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5.0 out of 5 stars SpeedReaders.info Review
This is not a glitzy guided-walk-around-the-plane coffee table sort of book. Beginning with a summary of the competition between Boeing (X-32) and Lockheed Martin (X-35), this book covers all facets of the program history (technical, schedule, financial, contractual, political) up to the time of publication, 2007. The first flight was in December 2006 after demonstrators...
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2.0 out of 5 stars ...at least it has nice pictures.
First, I should say that this book may be great depending on what you're looking for. If you're interested in only a surface level introduction to the plane and underlying technology, this book may meet your needs. I was looking for a snapshot of where the program was at the time of writing. With a background in aircraft and defense systems, I found the book lacking...
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5.0 out of 5 stars SpeedReaders.info Review, September 6, 2010
This review is from: JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER: Design and Development of the International Aircraft (Hardcover)
This is not a glitzy guided-walk-around-the-plane coffee table sort of book. Beginning with a summary of the competition between Boeing (X-32) and Lockheed Martin (X-35), this book covers all facets of the program history (technical, schedule, financial, contractual, political) up to the time of publication, 2007. The first flight was in December 2006 after demonstrators first flew in 2000. Much has happened since 2007 and despite the rising costs, delays, and political and technical problems that slowed down the program it now appears to be on track once more.

While the F-35 project is international in concept it would not be wrong to say that Keijsper emphasizes British aspects of the program. The book is as much a tour de force as the technology behind the subject it covers. Well and lucidly written it will still leave the casual reader rather severely taxed by the vastness of the detail. On that score, consider that the book contains ten pages of abbreviations! And while there are eight appendices, they are mostly no more than a page long and list such things as test protocols, people, contractors, production records, ground and flight test schedules, and specs with three-plan views. (Outsiders don't normally see what's shown in appendix 7, a list of all the other aircraft that were used as test beds in the JSF program, something called Technology Risk Reduction.) Considering the amount of detail we know the book to contain, the index seems unexpectedly low-key. The photo captions are quite extensive and list sources. And while there are many illustrations they are, inevitable given the book's format, on the small side. Another thing that's rather small is the type size; old beady eyes be warned.

Full review at <speedreaders.info>. Copyright 2010, Michael Jolley.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ...at least it has nice pictures., February 22, 2012
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This review is from: JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER: Design and Development of the International Aircraft (Hardcover)
First, I should say that this book may be great depending on what you're looking for. If you're interested in only a surface level introduction to the plane and underlying technology, this book may meet your needs. I was looking for a snapshot of where the program was at the time of writing. With a background in aircraft and defense systems, I found the book lacking the detail I wanted. The author does not appear to fully understand the nuances of the U.S. military and is not a native English speaker; not American English, anyway. Any more specific shortfalls all relate to those two overarching points. The book does in fact have nice pictures, though.
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