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Modern Super Hornet Guide; The Boeing F-18E/F & EA-18G Exposed.
cover, 168 pages
|| USD$39.95 from the
publisher's web site.
||In depth and detailed photographic coverage of the
F-18E,F & EA-18G variants of the US Navy's Super Hornet.
||No coverage of the radar.
Reviewed by Darren Mottram
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This latest book from Jake Melampy marks a shift
over his previous
volumes in that it covers a Navy subject, the Boeing F-18E/F (&
EA-18G) Super Hornet. However, this doesn't mean that the usual,
detailed coverage that we have come to expect from this series is any
less thorough for it.
Like previous books in the series, it is laid out in a fairly
logical sequence. After a brief introduction and background to the
Super Hornet (a surprising 17 pages given the "newness" of the
detailed, photographic coverage starts (quite logically) at the front
with the radome and forward fuselage, then continues on
around the airframe covering the cockpit (external then internal),
fuselage, wings, wheel wells, engines
etc. The Electronic Warfare version of the Super Hornet, the EA-18G
Growler, is similarly covered in it's own section following the
mainstream versions before coverage moves on to the pylons, external
fuel tanks, sensor pods and weapons carried by the type.
The captions are more than just a repetition of what you can see for
yourself see in the photos as well, providing interesting and
informative explanations and background for what you are looking at as
well as often drawing your attention to the smaller details or
variations that may not be obvious at first sight.
with Jake's previous "Exposed" volumes on the F-15, F-16, A-10 and F-4,
level of coverage and access which he has achieved is truly amazing and
a lot of effort has
obviously been put in behind the scenes to have enabled such a detailed
and thorough coverage of just about every inch of the Super Hornet
just a couple of general overview shots per subject either. Jake has
delved right into each nook and cranny and provides close up photos of
many of the smallest details along with different angles of many areas
which leaves the reader in no doubt as to exactly what's there. Despite
the incredibly detailed coverage provided, it's not really too
surprising that there have still been a few items a bit too sensitive
to be shown with no photos available of the exposed radar packages.
It's actually more surprising what the author has been able to include
rather than what he hasn't.
It is really very hard to find any fault with this book. If there is
anything, it may be that, with the recent purchase of the type by
Australia, only US versions are covered (although there are two photos
of RAAF airframes included). It would have been interesting in
particular to see the unique airframe variations of the RAAF airframes
that have been wired for-but-not-with the electronic warfare equipment
of the EA-18 version. But I am obviously biased (and partly
responsible) and the timing just wasn't quite right to be able to
include the RAAF subjects properly, and this really is a tiny issue to
find any fault with the book. The omission of photos covering the radar
is, likewise, hardly unreasonable given the sensitive nature of the
equipment and I have no doubt that Jake would have included it if he
possibly could have.
The quality of photo reproduction is very good throughout ,
being printed on high quality satin paper
and the book itself has an overall feel of a good, quality product. For
those who enjoy having the best references available on modern
front-line types, this
book would have to be very high on the "must have" list.
With thanks to
Jake Melampy / Reid Air Publishing for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2011 by Darren Mottram
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