Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Books, Cold War, War on Terror

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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter

Paul F Crickmore

Osprey Publishing

Available Now

Review by Brad Harmer

Developed by the legendary Lockheed ‘Skunk Works,’ the F-117 Nighthawk was a phenomenal technical achievement. Featuring cutaways, detail plates and battlescene artwork, this book tells the incredible story of the design of the machine, from the revolutionary materials used to the highly advanced computer technology that was employed to make the Stealth Fighter invisible to enemy radar. Written by the world’s leading authority on the aircraft from Lockheed’s ‘Skunk Works’, Paul F. Crickmore, this book reveals the impact the Stealth had in combat over Panama, Yugoslavia and most notably the Persian Gulf.

This book starts off with a nice, solid intro, and some fantastic paintings of the Nighthawk, both in action, and displaying its multiple variants and some of its paint schemes.  Some books like this can often make the reader feel like they’ve been thrown in the deep end, and are already drowning in the stats and technical details.  Thankfully, this isn’t the case here, and the introduction gives the reader a good grounding, and at no point attempts to “blind with science”.

One of this books strongpoints is the excellent anecdotes and stories shared by the test pilots who worked on the Nighthawk’s early development.  The accompanying photos are similarly enjoyable.

The book kicks up a gear when the Nighthawk is finally deployed for combat and ends in a very exciting report of their involvement in Desert Storm.

This is an excellent book for fans of modern aviation and modern warfare, and – in an unusual (but certainly appreciated) twist – is readily read and enjoyed by a casual or new reader.

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