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Hornet: The Inside Story of the F/A-18

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The fascinating true story of the controversial development and deployment of the supersonic fighter jet that changed aerial warfare foreverThe McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was born in 1978, a state-of-the-art supersonic fighter and attack aircraft with a top speed of Mach 1.8, more than one thousand miles per hour. It was versatile, fast, and reliable, and no war ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Presidio Pr
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Keith Budzynski
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Development history of the F/A-18

This book is about the development history of the F/A-18 and the challenges bringing it to the fleet. It also covers the early deployment of the aircraft. The book is almost 30 years old. The book was published before Desert Storm which would have given a lot of additional information on the plane's use in combat.
Roy Hector
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a fairly short book, I managed to finish it in only a couple of days. It's also a bit dated, covering only up to the F/A-18A/B's first combat deployment over Libya. Not much about the F/A-18C/D, much more the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

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"
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P.e. lolo
The plans for a new jet fighter began after a spy plane took a photo of a Russian T-4 plane, much like the F-111, that we were using and had been since May of 1965. So two men who at one time friends were tasked by congress and a committee to come up with a new aircraft. The author takes you back in time to the very beginnings of flight and through some of the development from WWI. He does give credit to Germany, France, and Britain for different improvements that were made during the war. He ...more
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