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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552118885
  • 9780552118880

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If you have any weakness at all for engines, you'll probably get caught up in the overdrive as Davis forsakes spicy nonsense (The Sheik, Rommel's Gold) for nuts-and-bolts; this is the story of the F-15 Eagle, our revolutionary new supersonic jet-fighter - and, despite the usual cornball plottings, the infectious emphasis is on mechanics. After all, the F-15 has lots of troubles. Each one costs $15 million. The problems with the F-100X engines (in the 25,000 thrust class) include: stall stagnation, fuel system breakdowns, and a high maintenance and repair ratio. And it's possible that the new jets have been rushed into service too soon. So rumors about flaws in the F-15 are flying - as Davis follows the bouncing buck from a Senate Committee to Defense to the Oval Office and to the factory. She also follows the B-movie lives of assorted aviation folk, complete with the usual Flying Fool heroics: above all there's Eric "Topper" James, a sacrificial ace who's wracked by marital problems; and Simon "Moon-bird" McAllister, a brilliant non-conformist who flies high with Sgt. Linda Criscio of the A.F. tactical ground crew. (In the afterglow of sex, they discuss the F-15's air compressors. . . of course.) True, this haphazard mix of soap-opera, political palaver, and Popular Mechanics doesn't add up to a well-made or emotionally involving novel. And the Washington jabber ("unplug from any current operational mindset and lock into an entirely new mode") can become more than a little earthbound. But Davis has done enough research to make the aeronautics of today's international-weaponry race come alive (especially a chillingly convincing killer satellite called Hot Victor); there's plenty of tower-and-cockpit action for aviation-novel traditionalists; and lots of readers will be happy to overlook the hackneyed melodramatics here in order to get a painless close look at the innards of those controversial Big Birds. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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