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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet: An insight into the design, construction and operation of the US Navy's supersonic, all-weather multi-role combat jet (Owners' Workshop Manual) Hardcover – March 1, 2017
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Steve Davies is a military aviation photojournalist based in Cambridge, England. He has authored eleven critically acclaimed books and co-authored five more, and he's written for the world's leading monthly, quarterly and partwork aviation publications. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera as a subject matter expert on multiple military aviation television documentaries. Finally, his photography has been used not only by the aviation press, but also by leading defence contractors and aviation corporations.
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The early chapters include a brief look at aircraft's development from the YF-17 to the EA-18G, descriptions of the different variants and major upgrades, and an overview of international operators which lists each operational Hornet squadron. After a brief overview of the type's combat record, we get to the meat of the book. There's some fairly in-depth descriptions of the aircraft's systems, including the hydraulics, landing gear, flight controls, avionics, and ejection seat. The General Electric F414 gets its own chapter, which describes the digital engine controller, fuel system, automatic engine control, and so on. There's also a chapter on weapons and sensors, which unfortunately is a bit brief.
The final three chapters are written by former and present Hornet operators - pilot CDR Jason 'Tike' Gustin, USN, Crew Chief Sgt Daniel Pare, RCAF, and an anonymous Weapons System Operator with the callsign "ShWRECK." These chapters are filled with interesting details of day-to-day Hornet operations, and will probably be the more interesting to casual Hornet buffs, than to people looking for raw technical details.
Although I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed Steve Davies' previous "manual" on the F-15 a bit more. That book felt a bit more focused, and had more technical details and diagrams (what can I say? I'm an airplane geek!). The oddest omission is a table covering F/A-18 production lots and blocks. Although page 32 mentions that the appendix includes one, it's conspicuously absent in the book "as published." I am, however, very pleased that this book includes a chapter written by a WSO, the absence of which I complained about in my review of the F-15 manual. Like a lot of Haynes books, this one isn't totally perfect, but if you have a serious interest in the F/A-18 or modern combat aircraft in general, it's worth owning.