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||Midland Counties Publishing
- Testing Top Guns, United States Air Force and Navy Test and
by Jamie Hunter
cover, 160 pages
GBP£19.99 from Ian Allan
||Great photo coverage of a
diverse range of modern US aircraft
Reviewed by Ken Bowes
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron
this year I participated in a joint exercise at Nellis AFB where the
participants included, amongst others, the F-22 Raptors of the 422nd
Test and Evaluation Squadron and Super Hornets of VX-31 “Dust
Devils”. It was nothing if not amazing for this Aussie to play with
the latest cutting edge technology in US Air Force and Navy service.
Now, thanks to UK aviation photo-journalist Jamie
Hunter, anyone who wants to get an insight into the many and varied
Test and Eval Squadrons that operate from NAS Patuxent River in the
East to Edwards AFB in the west can through a remarkable tour de
force of outstanding air to air photography and interviews.
Hunter, who has previously published works on the OIF Air War and
the Sea Harrier, has pulled out all stops on this one. He has proven
equally adept as a writer and photographer, with concise easy to
read text supporting the myriad of large format full colour
photographs of everything from P-3s to F-22s.
This book may seem to be on an unusual or obscure subject, but when
you consider the modelling opportunities presented given the many
weapons combinations that some of these T&E squadrons go through,
not to mention colourful test and squadron markings, it becomes that
much more attractive for the modeller as a reference work.
The book will serve both fans of modern aviation and modellers well.
Thanks to Simon of DLS Australia for the review
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