U.S. Naval Air Superiority: Development of Shipborne Jet Fighters - 1943-1962

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When World War II came to a close, piston-powered fighter aircraft were at their zenith and Navy fighters, such as the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought Corsair dominated the skies over the Pacific. As these fighter designs reached their peak, a new propulsion technology was being developed that held great promise. When introduced, the first jet aircraft were underpowered, and in many ways inferior to propeller-driven aircraft of the time. Naval Air Superiority examines the Navy's internal struggle to adapt the jet ...
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Overview

When World War II came to a close, piston-powered fighter aircraft were at their zenith and Navy fighters, such as the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought Corsair dominated the skies over the Pacific. As these fighter designs reached their peak, a new propulsion technology was being developed that held great promise. When introduced, the first jet aircraft were underpowered, and in many ways inferior to propeller-driven aircraft of the time. Naval Air Superiority examines the Navy's internal struggle to adapt the jet engine to its style of warfare as well as the development and evolution of carrier-borne fighters, their airframes and engines, from the closing days of World War II through Vietnam.

To operate a fighter from the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier requires a number of significant design considerations including requirements for catapult launching, arrested landings, payload, and weaponry. For the first time, Naval Air Superiority profiles the turbulent design and development stage of the Navy's carrier-based jet fighter program and discusses the evolution and development of aircraft with a flight envelope ranging from slow-carrier approaches to supersonic intercepts. This book looks at successful designs, such as the Fury, Banshee, Crusader, and Phantom II, to the also-rans, like the Fireball, Demon, Pirate, and Cutlass - aircraft developed when the Navy's needs were measured against contractor and political demands and against the limits of the evolving engine and aerodynamic technologies of the day.

This book includes engine cut-aways, aircraft comparison diagrams, and details the safety improvements made to aircraft carriers to enable higher speed and highgross weight jet operations.
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Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness
If you buy only one book on early USN jets in your lifetime, this is the one to get. It is that good.
— Scott Van Aken
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
This is an outstanding, one of a kind account of the trials, tribulations, and ultimate successes that distinguished the development of U.S. Navy Jet Fighters.
Aviation History
For fans of naval aviation and anyone else who is seriously interested in post-World War II fighter development, U.S. Naval Air Superiority is a must buy.
—E.R. Johnson
Hyperscale
This book is a great addition to anyone's library and in particular any person who is interested in the early years of US Navy jet aircraft and carrier development.
—Mick Evans
In Flight
This book is probably best enjoyed by the serious aviation or military buff, however, the interesteing trivia and straightforward style of the author (along with many photos and illustrations) might make this a work of some interest to the more casual aviation afficionado.
—Mark Rhodes
Internet Modeler
For those interested in an in-depth analysis of Naval jet aviation, this book is an essential read.
—Chris Banyai-Riepl
IPMS
Most highly recommended.
—Ed Kinney
Scale Aircraft Modelling
Anyone who considers himself a student of aviation history or, for that matter, anyone who writes on the subject should consider this volume required reading. And it is as fascinating as it is informative.
—T.E. Bell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071109
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 606,568
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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