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F/A-18 Hornet Bill Gunston

F/A-18 Hornet - Bill Gunston

Ian Allan, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

No. 22 in the series. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Outwardly the F/A-18 programme is a straightforward and successful one: some journalists have even written as if the Hornet is the greatest fighter there has ever been — which it possibly is.

Under the surface one finds many unusual features. The Hornet had its genesis in the Northrop YF-17, a lightweight land-based fighter. In turning it into the F/A-18, a carrier-based multi-role aircraft, almost every structural part was changed and the result is a larger aircraft, with different engines, totally new capabilities and more than doubled gross weight. Yet the casual observer, walking round the two aircraft, might be forgiven for saying their outward appearance looked almost identical.

Behind this lies much argument, and indeed acrimony. How did a Northrop aeroplane turn into a McDonnell Douglas aeroplane? Which company invented the Hornet? These may seem pointless and rather futile questions, but the author has served as an expert witness in one of the biggest industrial lawsuits in history, which so far has had curiously little exposure in the normally alert US media, and which was triggered off by the inadequacy of the deal the two companies actually struck. Fortunately they still, in between briefing the lawyers, continued building Hornets.”

Size: 9½" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Modern Combat Aircraft series. 112 pages.
F/A-18 Hornet Bill Gunston