Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine

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Norman Polmar’s book is a behind-the-scenes look at thirty-two important U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. These entries are based on the author’s "Historic Aircraft" column, appearing in Naval History. The aircraft selected, some famous and others virtually unknown, represent a mix of types: fighters, dive-bombers, patrol planes, transports, trainers, and helicopters, including the Pitcairn XOP-1 autogiro, the first rotary-wing aircraft to be operated by the Navy and Marines. They span the period from the ...
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Washington, D. C 2004 Hardcover First edition As New in new jacket N. 165 pages. With tables & illustrations. With remainder mark on bottom edge. Features more than thirty ... classic naval aircraft, from the 1920s through the jet age-Contains 110 photos and a wealth of technical data-Includes unique scouting and observation aircraft as well as helicopters Norman Polmar's book is a behind-the-scenes look at thirty-two important U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. These entries are based on the author's "Historic Aircraft" column, appearing in Naval History. The aircraft selected, some very famous and others virtually unknown, represent a mix of types: fighters, dive-bombers, patrol planes, transports, trainers, and helicopters, including the Pitcairn XOP-1 autogiro, the first rotary-wing aircraft to be operated by the Navy and Marines. They span the period from the Vought VE-7, the first type to take off from the Navy's first carrier, the USS Langley in 1922, through the Grumman A-6 Intruder, which flew in th Read more Show Less

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Overview

Norman Polmar’s book is a behind-the-scenes look at thirty-two important U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. These entries are based on the author’s "Historic Aircraft" column, appearing in Naval History. The aircraft selected, some famous and others virtually unknown, represent a mix of types: fighters, dive-bombers, patrol planes, transports, trainers, and helicopters, including the Pitcairn XOP-1 autogiro, the first rotary-wing aircraft to be operated by the Navy and Marines. They span the period from the Vought VE-7, the first type to take off from the Navy’s first carrier, the USS Langley, in 1922, through the Grumman A-6 Intruder, which flew in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars before being retired from service in 1996. Prominently featured also are the classic aircraft that the Navy and Marines flew to victory in World War II. Combining technical detail with the human dramas of flight and aerial combat, Polmar makes each historic aircraft literally fly off the pages. This book is a must-have for every aviation enthusiast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885729
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/7/2004
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Polmar is a leading expert on naval and aviation matters. An internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author, Polmar has written more than 40 books, including, with K. J. Moore, Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines (Brassey’s, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brassey’s, ISBN 1-57488-572-3). He is a columnist for the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History magazines. Polmar lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Fighter aircraft
1 The first carrier-based fighter : Vought VE-7 3
2 A really wild cat : Grumman F4F Wildcat 7
3 Twin-engine fighters : Grumman F5F Skyrocket and F7F Tigercat 11
4 Versatile - and long-lived : Chance Vought F4U Corsair 17
5 A short life : Grumman F8F Bearcat 21
6 Lots of shooting stars : Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star 25
7 The demon that could hardly fly : McDonnell F3H Demon 31
8 The gutlass cutlass : Vought F7U Cutlass 35
Pt. 2 Attack aircraft
9 Bombing Pearl Harbor : Martin T3M and T4M 41
10 The ship killer : Douglas SBD Dauntless 45
11 The good and the bad : Douglas TBD Devastator 49
12 The ultimate helldiver : Curtiss SB2C Helldiver 53
13 The runner up : Martin AM-1 Mauler 57
14 The first nuclear-strike aircraft : North American AJ Savage 61
15 The flight of the intruder : Grumman A-6 Intruder 65
Pt. 3 Patrol/anti-submarine/warning aircraft
16 The first land-based ASW aircraft : Lockheed PBO Hudson 73
17 The flying pirate : Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer 77
18 Neptunes over the jungle : Lockheed OP-2E Neptune 81
19 Flying boats at war : Martin P5M Marlin 85
20 The last flying boat : Martin P6M Seamaster 91
21 Stoofs, trackers, and hunter-killers : Grumman S2F Tracker 95
22 The first AEW aircraft : Grumman TBM-3W Avenger 101
Pt. 4 Scouting/observation aircraft
23 The first rotary-wing aircraft : Pitcairn OP-1 109
24 Scouting and observation : Curtiss SOC Seagull 113
Pt. 5 Transport aircraft
25 The gooney bird : Douglas C-47/R4D Skytrain 121
26 The largest seaplanes : Martin JRM Mars 127
27 The "spruce goose" : Hughes-Kalser HK-1 131
Pt. 6 Helicopters
28 The first Navy helicopter : Sikorsky R-4/HNS 139
29 The amazing hup-mobile : Piasecki HUP Retriever 145
30 The big whirlybird : Sikorsky HRZS 149
31 The unmanned helicopter : Cyrodyne DSN-1 DASH 153
App Naval aircraft designations 157
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