By: Steve Davies
ISBN: 978-1-78521-054-9 Price: £22.99
Format: 276mm x 214mm
It’s apparent from the outset that the author is fascinated by the F/A-18, but what will delight modellers is his interest was first sparked 30 years ago, when building Airfix’s 1/72 kit of a pre-production aircraft. While this Owners’ Workshop Manual adheres to the standard Haynes format, this association with the hobby is noticeable in the level of detail provided by the 270-plus walk-round and close-up photographs. All the Hornet/Super Hornet customer nations are featured, with listings of which squadrons fly the type, and this international flavour is extended into the crew perspectives’ sections, which mix US Navy with Royal Canadian Air Force inputs for flying and maintaining the aircraft respectively. Similarly, each variant and sub-type is described in depth, including potential future versions with enhanced capabilities. This manual is packed with information, but it’s a shame that a table of common weapons configurations wasn’t included, as this aspect is often overlooked; given the many asymmetric loads carried by F/A-18s, listing them all would be impractical. This might not be as compact as the DACO series, but if one is after a potted history of the type from conception to current operations, rather than just photographs, then this is a worthy choice.