F-15 book: Air Superiority Blue

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Unread post30 Oct 2010, 23:29

Air Superiority Blue.
The F-15 Story

I just bought and currently reading the book and have found it extremely interesting specially because it deals with the early stages of the development of the F-15 programme. I am enjoying the insiders view of it and is highly recommended.

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Air Superiority Blue
The F-15 Story
The F-15 Eagle... was developed during a Cold War time of serious need. Recent conflicts had demonstrated that our fighter aircraft showed considerable room for improvement. This book covers a timeframe from 1965 through 1979. It describes, in the words of those who were there, just exactly what it's like to put a complex fighter program together. This book also covers the organizational maneuvering mixed with technical problem solving that resulted in one of the most successful air-to-air fighters ever produced in America - a remarkable management and hardware development accomplishment.

The F-15 first flew on 27 July 1972. Today, thirty-five years later, there are multiple variations of this aircraft still flying throughout the world.

The Eagle was delivered on time, at the cost specified, with the performance promised. Exactly how that was done is between the covers of this book. You'll enjoy reading the facts as well as the stories told by those who made this all come true.
Co-author Donn Byrnes

Author Donn Byrnes
DONN A. BYRNES, the son of a career U.S. Army doctor and his wife, was born on 29 May 1931. After many moves about this country, a short stay in Hawaii, and attendance in eighteen different schools, Donn graduated from Edison High School, San Antonio, Texas, in 1949. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 at age nineteen after three and a half semesters of pre-med at the University of Texas.

Progressing from PFC aircraft mechanic to Aviation Cadet and Air Force pilot, he flew F-84s and F-86Ds in the U.S., Japan, and Guam. In 1958 he and his family returned to the U.S. to attend an Air Force Institute of Technology-sponsored program in electrical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.

Returning with BSEE in hand to Wright Field, Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio, in 1962, he negotiated an assignment to Project 665A (Reconnaissance/Strike). Unknowingly he had hit upon one of the seed programs for the SR-71 sensors. It was as sensor and systems integration engineer at Wright Field that Donn met Ken Hurley and, in early 1964, was briefed into the SR-71 program.

Absorbed by the Blackbird development effort, Captain Byrnes was transferred to Edwards AFB, California in July 1964, where he became the SR-71 Sensor Test Engineer and Flight Test Engineer. He left Edwards in 1968 to become Base Commander at Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Returning to the U.S. in 1969 he was reassigned to the SR-71 Program, and almost immediately transferred to the F-15 Program, where he was Airframe Projects Manager, Deputy Chief Engineer and, finally, Director of Projects. In 1975 Donn left the F-15 System Program Office (SPO) and assumed the job of Director of Engineering at the Air Force Contract Management Division, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Colonel Byrnes retired in November 1978 after accumulating more than 3,200 pilot hours, most of which was single engine jet time.

Returning to engineering, he worked for DynCorp, Raytheon, BDM, and other technical services companies until 1987, when he and his oldest daughter, Kathleen, formed an engineering consulting and database management company.
Since 1977 Donn and his wife Sparks have made their home on a small patch of desert mesa near Los Lunas, New Mexico.
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Unread post31 Oct 2010, 00:31

Sounds interesting thanks for sharing it. :D
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Unread post31 Oct 2010, 13:44

I have now attached the PDF Index.
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Unread post31 Oct 2010, 16:51

Got my autographed copy.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a no-nonsense look at the developmental history of one of the greatest fighting jet ever produced by someone who actually was a part of the program.
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