Reid Air Publications | Modern Eagle Guide The F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle Exposed

Reviewed by Randy Bumgardner

The Modern Eagle Guide: The F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle Exposed
ISBN: 978-0-9795064-4-4

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Jake Melampy and Reid Air Publications have just released the third installment of The Modern Guide series. This time they have brought out a fabulous reference on the Boeing F-15. Each page contains many full color, well photographed images. Additionally, each page contains an explanation of what each photograph represents.

Every version of the F-15 is covered in this book, including export versions. From the F-15A up to and including the F-15Es taking part in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the modeler will find many detailed images of the F-15. The book itself is made up of 188 pages divided into sections of the airframe from the radome back to the burner cans. There are also several sections detailing the stores and munitions carried by this aircraft, including external fuel tanks, weapons stations, missiles, dumb bombs, etc.

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Each section contains detailed, well lit photographs to display the intricacies of each component of this aircraft. Multiple angles of the several images are also provided, giving the reader an oriented perspective of how the parts of the F-15 come together. One section is allotted to cover Bay 5 and it's components and colors, immediately aft of the cockpit on the F-15C. Another section covers the Pratt & Whitney engines that power the F-15.

This is a great reference on the F-15 Eagle and every modeler considering building an Eagle, whether the venerable F-15A or the latest F-15E Strike Eagle, should have this book in their reference library. The only criticism I could find was the lack of a Table of Contents and Index. Aside from that, and it's minimal at best, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for the Eagle.

Review sample courtesy of the LSP checkbook.

© Randy Bumgardner 2008

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This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016