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US Naval Aviation, 1945–2003 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Naval Archives

Aviation > Post-WWII Aviation Maritime > Naval Military > Pre-WWI > American History WWII

By Leo Marriott
Imprint: Air World
Series: Images of War
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 200 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399062572
Published: 5th May 2023


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In this the highly illustrated second volume of his history of US naval aviation, Leo Marriott takes the reader through the extraordinary developments in design and capability that transformed American aircraft and aircraft carriers after the Second World War, and he describes the succession of conflicts in which they were deployed. Increasingly, advanced jets replaced propeller-driven aircraft and nuclearpowered carriers allowed the US Navy to project American military power across the world. As the many remarkable photographs in this book show, wherever naval aviation was involved, it played a crucial role, especially in the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

The vessels built in the 1940s to fight in the war against Japan gave way to a new generation of super carriers. Supersonic fighters and strike aircraft entered service – the F-8 Crusaders and F-4 Phantoms of the Vietnam era, then the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet and S-3 Viking of more recent times. Carrier-based helicopters became more important, first for search-and-rescue missions, then for anti-submarine warfare and for landing assault forces. Throughout this period of the Cold War the US Navy’s carriers and aviation served to demonstrate American power worldwide and to counter the threat represented by the Soviet Union’s challenge to US mastery of the seas.

“If you are into United States Naval Aviation, then this book would be a great addition to your model reference collection. Many of the photos are detailed enough to get a good idea of how a particular model could be weathered.”

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“The width and breadth of the pics are really fun- and give a really vibrant impression of American Naval Aviation over the years.”

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Russ Lockwood, Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

I can see this as a photo reference source for a larger "Cold War gone hot" in the 1950s and 1960s with the numerous aircraft models, including helicopters and some of the experimental models.

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Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

If you have an interest in US aircraft carriers and US Navy aviation, I have no doubt you will enjoy the wide variety you will find in this one.

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About Leo Marriott

Leo Marriott has written numerous books on aviation, naval and military subjects including Treaty Cruisers, Catapult Aircraft, Jets at Sea, Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954, Early Jet Bombers 1944-1954, Early Jet Fighters 1944-1954: The Soviet Union and Europe, Essex Class Aircraft Carriers 1943-1991 and Naval Battles of the Second World War: The Atlantic and the Mediterranean. He is now retired after a fifty-year career as an air traffic controller. Apart from aviation and naval history, his other interests include sailing, photography and painting.

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