Book Review – The Modern Eagle Guide: The F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle Exposed

The Modern Eagle Guide: The F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle Exposed
Jake Melampy
Reid Air Publications

What it’s about:
A detailed “walk around” of the various F-15 variants.

What I liked about the book:

  • Excellent photography.
  • Highly detailed description of the components of the F-15, written by somebody who knows airplanes well.
  • Attractive and clean layout.

What could have been better:

  • A few mistakes and typos (examples: confusion between the GBU-10 and GBU-24 on p. 151, the correct initial designation of the F-15 combined test force was the 6515th Test Squadron on p. 173, the designation of the Eglin test squadron was the 3247th Test Squadron on p. 179).
  • Omission of one F-15 operator (NASA).
  • It would have been better to have captions for each photograph rather than have one block of text on the page with references to each photograph on the page.

This is an excellent reference about one of the great jet fighters, that should be of great interest to aircraft buffs, scale modelers and Eagle drivers/fixers/engineers. There are some minor problems with book, which do not seriously detract from its virtues. Unfortunately the book is sold out by the publisher, but we can hope for a (slightly) improved and updated second printing.

4 stars out of a possible 5.

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