Killer Rays

Published: October 18th, 2010     
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Author: Mark Frankel
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Specialty Press
ISBN #: 978-1-58007-155-0
Price: $44.95
Product / Stock #: SP155

This 8.5 x 11 hardbound publication contains 240 pages and more than 500 photographs, both color and black and white completely one of the most extensive compilations of information on both the F-4D Skyray and F-5D Skylancer. It is well written, very complete and successfully gets the history across to the reader about the Navy's first delta wing fighter.

The text takes you through design and development programs, the intense rivalry between the Air Force F-102 and the Skyray and the engine changeover to the Pratt-Whitney J-57 that became absolutely necessary to the survival of the Skyray. Also included are short articles on both the F-102 and F-106 for comparison purposes. The aircraft held for a time not only the aircraft low altitude speed record, but "time to climb" records as well. Interesting reading are the pilots comments who obviously loved this machine.

In addition to the color photos are numerous color profiles of both these aircraft. In this reviewer's opinion, this is the most definitive book to date on the Skyray. Check out Specialty Press' website or call them to order at 800-895-4585.

Many thanks to Specialty Press for the review copy. Most highly recommended.

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