Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Book Review
|Date of Review
|Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
|52 pages, softbound
Still somewhat shrouded in secrecy, the F-117 arguably remains the most famous “stealth” warplane extant. Now it enjoys full-on “Warpaint” treatment in Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk – 138th in the perennially popular range.
Ably authored by Andy Evans, the 52-page monograph competently charts F-117 design, development, deployment and – eventually – demise.
Well, sort of. Like Elvis, the angular oddity still appears, some say, in global skies.
Dozens of color photos season the study. Sam Pearson’s 1:72-scale plans confirm the aircraft’s unique outlines. And eight pages of his superb color art – dozens of profiles, plan views, and insets – supply a surprisingly sumptuous selection of Nighthawk schemes.
Tables recap F-117 USAF units, Operations Desert Storm and Allied Force examples, and dimensional and performance data. Three pages of close-up shots depict details. And cool codas cover proposed variants and Northrop’s “YF-117D” Tacit Blue demonstrator.
What a handy handbook! Make it your introduction to one of history’s most intriguing warplanes.
My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!