- Series: Schiffer Military History
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (December 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764340417
- ISBN-13: 978-0764340413
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.7 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet & EA-18G Growler: A Developmental and Operational History (Schiffer Military History) 1st Edition
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Top customer reviews
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.
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!]
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.
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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Brad Elward has authored probably the finest book detailing the Super Hornet ever published.Read more