Top positive review
Nice summary of “black” aviation
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
Actually, this book is only a summary of the black airplanes tested at the Groom Lake (and surrounding areas) north of Las Vegas. So the B2 bomber is acknowledged but not discussed (as it was not tested at that location). Still, the book talked about many planes I had heard something about as well as some that I had not known about. The book also gives some history on the myths behind Area 51. The book does not go into a lot of technical details; so it was a fairly easy read. The book’s coverage of black jets seemed quite complete; though in such a secrecy-shrouded environment, who can know for sure?
There are also a number of photos. Photos (and maps) don’t show up well on the Kindle’s e-ink reader (so I had to use the Kindle app to view them on my PC). Also, when I finished reading the book, my Kindle indicated the book was 75% read (as reference materials were the final 25% of the book).
Note: As I’d already read Ben Rich’s book (“Skunk Works”), there was some information overlap. I felt Rich’s book, being written from a personal viewpoint, was a more interesting “read”. But both books have something of value for the reader.