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McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review March 2023 Title McDonnell FH-1 Phantom
Author Steve Ginter Publisher Ginter Books
Published 2022 ISBN 978-0-942612-53-0
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $29.95


If you have “Naval Fighters No 3” – Ginter Books’ now-rare first FH-1 Phantom foray – sell it on eBay.

Author-publisher Steve Ginter metaphorically returns to his roots in McDonnell FH-1 Phantom –115th title in the publisher’s popular, prolific “Naval Fighters” range.

And don’t expect a simple update of Ginter Books’ identically titled 1981 volume: this installment fully supplants its antecedent in both content and quality.

That’s because it fully follows the publisher’s well-tuned, long-proven prescription.

Over just 68 pithy, picture-packed pages, Ginter’s succinct study surveys design, development, deployment, and disposition of the FH-1 and its near-identical FD-1 predecessor.

And like its “Naval Fighters” stablemates, illustrations dominate coverage: action images, detail shots, tech-manual extracts, line drawings, unit art, and more.

Confused over external differences between the FH-1 and FD-1? Scarf an eye load on that explanatory page 12 photo.

Extended, explanatory captions, specifications, and dimensions augment the account. And a four-page modeling section – hallmark of most Ginter editions – concludes coverage.


With thanks to Ginter Books!