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B/EB-66 Destroyer Units in Combat Paperback – 25 February 2021
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Each illustration is meticulously researched to depict the machines used in combat. The profiles are accompanied by fully detailed captions that bring their histories to life.
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About the Author
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.
Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene and cover artwork in this title. He lives in Perthshire, UK.
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The author walks the reader through the B-66's development and eventual specialization as a badly needed electronic warfare platform for extended service in the Vietnam conflict. EB-66's would fly out of airfields in Thailand for missions over North and South Vietnam. The detailed narrative is nicely assisted with period photographs and modern color plates of aircraft configurations. The author hammers home the point that flying anywhere near Communist airspace was an often lethal proposition. Well recommended to students of the aircraft and the era.
I do have some minor gripes, though. Nowhere in the book is there a concise overview (either as a graphic or a table) of the various versions and what their features were. This omission is especially significant since the text references so many different versions in numerous historical chronologies. It is really difficult to keep all of the pieces of configuration information in mind. In a similar gripe, some of the excellent side-view illustrations display structural features that are never identified, either in the color plate descriptions or in the main text. Graphically, a plate showing at least 3 views of the aircraft and a summary developmental/operational timeline would have been useful.
One final quibble: the wonderfully dramatic cover art leaves me confused. The text says that the MiG attacker "turned in behind the EB-66," but in the illustration the EB-66 seems to be being attacked from an aggressor that is above and forward of the target aircraft. The defending F-4 seems to be firing a heat-seeking Sidewinder into the sun, which seems counterintuitive.