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Skystreak, Skyrocket, and Stiletto

Skystreak, Skyrocket, and Stiletto Book Review

By Kelly Jamison

Date of Review January 2006 Title Skystreak, Skyrocket, and Stiletto
Author Scott Libis Publisher Specialty Press
Published 2005 ISBN 1-58007-084-1
Format 114 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $24.95


This Specialty Press book is wonderful documentation on early Douglas X-planes. It is over the colorful D-558-1, the beautiful D-558-2 that flew Mach 2 and the razor sharp X-3 Stiletto. It is hard bound and measures in at 9 X 9 inches and about a half an inch thick. 144 pages of rare pictures are broken into three chapters covering the three main subjects.

The color pictures alone are worth the price of the book. There are good detail shots and many graphics to keep your eyes busy. The last 12 pages are the flight logs of each aircraft. The end of the book is capped off with a small history of Edwards AFB as it was during its golden years of the early 50’s.

One picture that really struck me was of a WW1 biplane next to the X-3 Stiletto. The caption read “Only 30 years separates these two planes”. Final disposition of each aircraft are posted at the end of each chapter. If you are building any of these aircraft, I don’t think you can find a better source of photographs and documentation all wrapped up in one super package.

Highly Recommended