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United States Naval Aviation 1911 - 2014 (Paperback)

Maritime > Naval

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Series: Images of War
Pages: 183
ISBN: 9781473822252
Published: 6th July 2015



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From humble beginnings in 1911 with floatplanes, by the 1930s, the US Navy possessed dirigibles and were introducing fighter planes. By the start of WW2, monoplane fighters were replacing bi-planes and a major aircraft carrier build was underway.

Fighters such as the Grumman FLF Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair were joined by carrier attack aircraft such as the Dauntless, Devastator and Helldriver. As well as carrier-borne aircraft, others operated from shorebases using both wheels and floats.

Post WW2, jet aircraft took over from prop driven, and famous early examples were the Shooting Star and McDonnell Phantom, which saw action in Korea. By Vietnam the F4 Phantom II, Skyhawk and Intruder were in service. As well as these fighter attack aircraft were the Lockheed Viking, anti-sub and nuclear capable Douglas Skywarrior.

Post Vietnam the F14 Tomcat and Hornet came into service along with the Prowler (Electronic warfare) and Hawkeye (early warning).

These aircraft were complemented by a range of helicopters from the massive Super Stallion, through Sea Kings, Seasprites and Seahawks.

Today the Super Hornets predominates along with an impressive multi-capable range of aircraft and helicopters.

All these and more are described in expert detail and illustrated in this fine book. Future projects are also covered.

As featured on...

History of War - John Rickard

Another IoW series addition with the now expected
outstanding and rare images. This is the comprehensive view of US naval aviation from its start to 2014, much recommended.

Read the full review here.


Aircraft Carriers of the Unites States Navy and United States Naval Aviation 1911-2014, go hand in glove and might have made one big book, but we can have no complaints if they are treated as a pair or not. Both are designed to work well individually and it shows.

Regulars will know by now what a sucker I am for archive naval imagery. There is plenty on offer here with a good look at US aircraft carrier development from the period of experimentation through to the classic era of World War II. The book continues into the jet age where the ships of the propeller era were adapted to operate jets before dedicated vessels came on strength.

This all leads to our modern age of utterly vast ships costing billions of dollars. To accompany this the author takes us through a century of US naval aviation and this is why the two books work so well together. There was and is so much more to US naval aviation than operations from carriers alone and the author takes this in to account.

The general histories and captions and the choice of images has been made with great care. I would definitely like to see the two form the basis of an expanded and larger format book, but I fully appreciate them as they are and have no hesitation in recommending the pair.

War History Online - Mark Barnes

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Mercator Chapter Belgium

Each chapter begins with a few pages of background followed by a fine selection of appropriate period photos. All of the pictures are nice and clear, so show plenty of detail, and every one has an informative caption... A good photo collection accompanied by informative and well written text to support them and tie everything together.

Military Modelling
 Michael Green

About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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