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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review November 2023 Title Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Author Andy Evans Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2023 ISBN n/a
Format 52 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £18.00

Review

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.

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!