American Attack Aircraft Since 1926

Overview

This book provides a concise historical survey of the various types of aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, and Air Force, and the Navy and Marine Corps to accomplish air attack missions since 1926. The text covers four types of fixed-wing aircraft: designated attack aircraft; light, medium, and tactical bombers; fighter-bombers; and adapted attack aircraft.

Reports on individual aircraft types include the aircraft's original military ...

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Overview

This book provides a concise historical survey of the various types of aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, and Air Force, and the Navy and Marine Corps to accomplish air attack missions since 1926. The text covers four types of fixed-wing aircraft: designated attack aircraft; light, medium, and tactical bombers; fighter-bombers; and adapted attack aircraft.

Reports on individual aircraft types include the aircraft's original military requirements, production history, and operational record, usually accompanied by photographs, illustrations, and technical specifications. Four appendices detail aircraft designations and nomenclature used throughout the military, the organizational structure of various military air units, aircraft designs that never made it into official service, and the evolution of attack aircraft weapons and tactics.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
a serious in-depth review of aircraft...recommended
ARBA
provides succinct and encyclopedic coverage of these machines during this time period
Aviation History
valuable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786471621
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 455
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

E.R. Johnson, an attorney, has flown 20 different types of aircraft as pilot-in-command. He is the author of four books and more than 50 articles on aviation and lives in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I USAAC, USAAF, and USAF Attack Aircraft

Historical Note

The Emergence of Tactical Air Power 3

Attack Aircraft Procurement 6

First Series 1926-1944 11

Second Series 1946-1961 109

Third Series 1962-present 161

Fourth Series (Adapted Attack Aircraft) 1950-Present 205

Part II USN and USMC Attack Aircraft

Historical Note

The Role of the Aircraft Carrier 227

The Emergence of Marine Corps Aviation 228

Attack Aircraft Procurement 229

First Series 1926-1946 234

Second Series 1946-1962 332

Third Series 1962-present 367

Appendix 1 Aircraft Designations and Nomenclature 413

Appendix 2 Attack Aircraft Unit Organization 416

Appendix 3 Attack Aircraft Designs That Never Flew 418

Appendix 4 Evolution of Weapons and Tactics 433

Bibliography 441

Index 443

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