B-58 Hustler Units Book Review
|Date of Review||November 2019||Title||B-58 Hustler Units Units|
|Author||Peter E. Davies||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.00|
Peter E. Davies recounts America’s first operational supersonic bomber in B-58 Hustler Units – 130th installment in Osprey’s vast “Combat Aircraft” range.
Contents span 96 informative pages across six compact chapters:
- Delta Design
- Making It Work
- Preparing The Way
- Into Service
- Global Reach
- Other Roles And Versions
Coverage nicely recaps the testing, introduction, service, and retirement of Convair’s sleek, unique design.
And Davies competently chronicles key forces and factors – historical, technical, operational, and political – that fuel Hustler’s spellbinding saga. Was B-58 retirement a purely political decision? Read the final chapter – and judge for yourself.
Airframe. Propulsion. Systems. Weapons. Records. Missions. Attrition. Costs. Proposed variants and roles. Even personalities. They’re all here.
Ever hear of Yogi – or of “the bitch”?
Tantalizing trivia also tincture text. How did the Hustler figure in President John F. Kennedy’s final hour of life? Page 81 explains.
Photos and 30 color profiles – one illustrating the planned, but never implemented, B-58 “Vietnam” camouflage scheme – illustrate the account.
Extended captions, service accounts, and anecdotes further season Osprey’s succinct study. And color plates commentary and an index wrap things up.
But Davies’ jargon-packed account really needs an acronym glossary. And not a single annotation accompanies his extensive quotes and remarks.
Most worrisome, though, B-58 Hustler Units lacks a selected bibliography – an irksome flaw in Osprey “Combat Aircraft” titles.
But is that fault fatal? Not really: you’re just on your own for further study of this terrific topic.
Still, even with that serious shortcoming, Osprey’s compact chronicle offers a businesslike brief on Convair’s handsome Hustler.
Make it your introduction to this intriguing Cold War icon.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!