posted on Jun, 1 2014 @ 02:31 PM
Digging through the aviation section of a book store specializing in used books and cut-outs (publisher dumping the inventory), I came across
"Stealth Fighter". Of course I cringed since we all know the F-117 is a bomber and not a fighter. FWIW, here is my review of the book. If you want
the "executive summary", yeah it is worth the $6 it cost me, plus of course time invested in reading it.
The book has two phases. One, O'Connor gets trained on the F-117, and two, he deploys to the Balkans.
First off, the author must keep a diary in addition to his flight log. A great deal of the book covers nonsense like the meal of the day. [Food is
great in Italy...who knew!] Other extraneous stuff is details about the drinking games and lots of Democrat bashing, much of it incorrect. For
instance, the author claims the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was due to funding cutbacks of the CIA by Clinton. However, the fact that
the embassy had moved could be found on the internet at the time of the mistake, and further analysis showed that the CIA had the correct information.
Basically for anything political in this book, pretend the source is the Faux News network.
Wiki on the embassy bombing
Regarding the authors training on the F-117, the book reads quite well. He goes into nuances in detail, including a few things I didn't know such as
releasing the tail hook on a F-117 takes about $50k for MX. The book has diagrams of the cockpit controls, which leads me to assume there are some
declassified documents out there as the source. He details how to land the plane in the event of landing gear issues. The flight operations phase of
the book is good.
Next up is the deployment phase. The book covers aerial refueling in some detail. I knew the tanker has a TACAN, but apparently the F-117 has a TACAN
as well, though just the DME portion. The aerial bomb targeting might be of interest to some people, but with the advent of JDAMS, much of what is
discussed is less important these days. The deployment phase of the book is a bit of a bore unless you are into drinking games and related macho
One thing to take away from the book is the need for timing. Because stealth aircraft are difficult to see on radar (both enemy and our own), the
pilot sticks to a time table so that the planners know where the plane SHOULD be. Deconfliction only works if you stay on schedule.