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.

Summary:
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.

Rating:
4 stars out of a possible 5.

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