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Hornet: The Inside Story of the F/A-18 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00KQ6PKH6
- Publisher : Open Road Media (June 24, 2014)
- Publication date : June 24, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6627 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 231 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #552,943 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But it does give a very good account of the political and bureacratic maneuverings related to the development of the aircraft, and there are a number of historical and technical gems as well all throughout the book like:
- The origin of the "Strike-Fighter" concept, which goes all the way to World War 2;
- The Hornet's excellent handling characteristics, enabling it to maintain high angles of attack even at low speeds;
- The development of the Multi-Mode Radar, Glass Cockpit, etc;
- The development of it's "dogfighting" F404 engines
It also delved into the issues that plagued the Hornet during its development, namely:
- The Landing Gear issue;
- The Slow Roll Rate issue at low altitude which stemmed from the excessive flexing of the wings;
- The accelerated life cycle of the vertical tail surfaces, later found to be related to the vortexes generated by the LEX;
Most of these problems were eventually fixed, and I feel reading these are now also significant in light of the problems plaguing the F-35. It is a clear example that aircraft in development will always have problems associated with it, but a good one will always be able to eventually overcome it.
Although the F-15A and F-16A used Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) in the cockpit, they only used a couple and retained most of the dials and gauges. The Hornet thus with its three MFDs and much less dials and gauges could be said as one of the main trendsetters in the use of the "Glass Cockpit", much of which we still see in the newer aircraft nowadays.
Overall a very good book, highly recommended if you are a fan of military aircraft technology ...
A give this a must read if one decides to either start reading into the subject of military aviation or if one would like render a judgement with any new military plane like F-35.
I would like to see a newer version of this book so it can cover the super hornet.
The book starts by going back many decades to give the background on a multi-mission aircraft. It ends with (too much) speculation about what will happen in the 90's and beyond. In between there is a good write up on the development, testing and deployment of the F-18. The book is more political than technical but does tell some good stories. For example talked about an early experience of the F-14 and F-18 on a mission and the F-14 burning more fuel trying to keep up, but never uses the term "transonic cruise" to explain why.