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Black Jets
The Development and Operation of America’s Most Secret Warplanes

by David Donald


AIRtime Publishing


S u m m a r y

Title, Author and Publisher: AT867 Black Jets– The Development and Operation of America’s Most Secret Warplanes By David Donald. AIRtime Publishing
Media: Hard Cover; 300 x 215mm; 320 pages plus covers
Price: RRP USD$34.00 plus USD$4.95 Shipping and Handling
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: High quality photos and lots of them (more than 800); great for modellers or aircraft enthusiasts; good coverage of history, operations and data
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by
Mick Evans



This excellent book from AIRtime puts all of the US Black jets into one book for some great reading. For those readers who were not fortunate enough to collect the excellent World Airpower Journal this publication will fill a large gap. The book is hardbound with a dust jacket and contains 320 pages with over 800 mostly colour photographs, history and data on the following 4 Black Jets,

  • Northrop Grumman B2 Spirit,

  • Lockheed A12, YF-12, and SR-71 Blackbird (this was not originally released under World Air Power Journal),

  • Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk,

  • Lockheed Martin U2R/S.

The photographs are of the highest quality, while computer generated profiles provide good colour scheme reference. Colour plates of squadron patches are a nice touch as is the skeletal views with numbered references. Inside photographs of cockpits and instrument panels are also provided. This is a worthwhile colour reference that will be at home in the bookcase of both the avid modeler of the Black Jets or just the general aircraft enthusiast. David Donald is one of Europe’s most respected aviation writers, having authored or edited some two dozen books.

Highly Recommended.

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Thanks to Specialty Press for the review sample

Review Copyright © 2004 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 19 July, 2004
Last updated 19 July, 2004

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