• Stealth

  • The Secret Contest to Invent Invisible Aircraft
  • By: Peter Westwick
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On a moonless night in January 1991, a dozen US aircraft appeared in the skies over Baghdad. To the Iraqi air defenses, the planes seemed to come from nowhere. Each aircraft was more than 60 feet in length and with a wingspan of 40 feet, yet its radar footprint was the size of a ball bearing. Here was the first extensive combat application of Stealth technology. And it was devastating.

Radar has been in use since the 1930s and was essential to the Allies in World War II, when American investment in radar exceeded that in the Manhattan Project. The atom bomb ended the war, conventional wisdom has it, but radar won it. That experience also raised a question: could a plane be developed that was invisible to radar? That question, and the seemingly impossible feat of physics and engineering behind it, took on increasing urgency during the Cold War.

Combining nail-biting narrative, incisive explanation of the science and technology involved, and indelible portraits of unforgettable characters, kimmerses readers in the story of an innovation with revolutionary implications for modern warfare.

©2019 Peter Westwick (P)2021 Tantor

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Good Overview of the original development

I read this book after "Kelly: More than my share" and "Skunk Works: A personal memoir of my years at Lockheed Martin." I loved the first two books and insight they provided into the stealth program and general works at Skunk Works. I selected this book to get a deeper dive into stealth, how it was developed, by who, what aircraft, ex... I am a little disappointed in the lack of detail in some areas. 90% of the book covers pre-1985 aeroplanes. it would have been interesting if the author spent a little more time in the recent years or if the author would have talked about missiles as well. I understand that this data is classified, however, I believe there could have been more non-classified information shared. Other than that, the author does an amazing job researching stealth technology and showing the development over the course of several decades. if someone was interested in learning the history or stealth, I would recommend this book. This book does not dive into how stealth technology works, but this is probably outside of the scope of this book.

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  • 08-29-21

Excellent Review

So much detail into these amazing aircraft and the incredible efforts to bring them to life. I wished that it included more historical information.

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Eye Opener

This book gives the grand overview. It was effective and enlightening. A worth while investment in time.

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I really enjoyed this narrative

All the details that made the stealth planes. The National and International setting was cogently and fairly presented. Keep up the great work.

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  • 10-20-21

Great read for anyone interested in stealth history

Enjoyable listen, good narration and more importantly a great story, well written. I’ve a keen interest in stealth and the aerospace sector and found this a good insight into the stealth era.

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  • Robert Brus
  • 02-06-22

What a great listen 10/10

What a fantastic book! I enjoyed every moment of the history, the hustle and the determination to succeed. The men and women that were part of the evolution of Stealth were true innovators and patriots. A great listen and highly recommend 👌