Northrop F-20 Tigershark Book Review
|Date of Review||August 2022||Title||Northrop F-20 Tigershark|
|Author||Paul Metz||Publisher||Ginter Books|
|Format||144 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$59.95|
Let’s cut to the chase: if you have any reference on the late, lamented F-20 Tigershark, make it this one.
One of aviation’s great “what ifs”, Northrop’s sleek scion brought the acclaimed, ubiquitous F-5 fighter family to a close with a mere handful of examples.
And now it enjoys full Ginter Books treatment in Northrop F-20 Tigershark – 228 in the publisher’s respected “Air Force Legends” line.
Cramming the terrific tale into 144 pithy, picture-packed pages, author and former Northrop test pilot Paul Metz sows eye candy and epiphanies everywhere.
Over 300 photos – nearly all color – chart F-20 design and development. Close-ups, tech-manual excerpts, and archival corporate drawings illumine specifics. And handy, historical commentary – complete with “Tigershark Voices”, riveting recollections of program participants – trace F-20 evolution.
Disclosures abound. How did Northrop plan to grow the line? Peruse the book’s six illuminating appendices for some startling revelations.
No Ginter Book is complete without a concluding hobby section. And Metz offers a chunky, ten-page survey of the surprisingly wide range of available Tigershark models to several scales.
A page each of F-20 promotional memorabilia and Northrop test pilots further seasons the study. And tables, charts, and a handy “abbreviations and acronyms” glossary conclude contents. But read carefully: not every “abbreviation and acronym” appears on the list.
Now, Ginter Books – pretty please, with sugar atop – may we have companion volumes, to the same superb standard, on all the legendary Northrop N-156 line: F-5A/B, T-38, and F-5E/F?
With thanks to GINTER BOOKS!