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

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

by Tommy Thomason
 
As 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

Overview

As 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.

U.S. 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 and their airframes and engines, from the closing days of World War II through Vietnam. For the first time, U.S. Naval Air Superiority profiles the turbulent design and development stage of the Navy's carrier-based jet fighter program. From the successful designs, such as the Fury, Banshee, Crusader, and Phantom II, to the also-rans, like the Fireball, Demon, Pirate, and Cutlass, the Navy's needs are measured against contractor and political demands and 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 high-gross-weight jet operations.

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Aviation History - E.R. Johnson
"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."
IPMS
"Most highly recommended." -IPMS, reviewed by Ed Kinney, March 2008
Internet Modeler
"For those interested in an in-depth analysis of Naval jet aviation, this book is an essential read." -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Chris Banyai-Riepl, April 2008
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." -Hyperscale, reviewed by Mick Evans, June 2008
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." -Scale Aircraft Modelling, Summer 2008, reviewed by T.E. Bell
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"If you buy only one book on early USN jets in your lifetime, this is the one to get. It is that good." -Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, February 2008
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Article about Tommy Thomason's appearance and lecture on his book at the Navy Museum. -dcmilitary.com., by Margo Turner, 5/8/08
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In Flight USA
"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." -In Flight USA, reviewed by Mark Rhodes, April 2008
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." -Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, August 2008
CDR Salamander Blog
"You don't need to be a pilot engineer to understand this book, but folks with stick time will definitely appreciate it." -CDR Salamander Blog, November 2009
Model Airplane International
"Although the subject may seem quite generic, the manner in which it has been covered combined with the wealth of images make it ideal for anyone interested in the USN, carrier operations or any of the aircraft types mentioned." -Model Airplane International, December 2008
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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071109
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Tommy H. Thomason has worked as a flight test engineer, manager, and executive in the aerospace industry for almost 40 years, including two years as a flight test engineer on the F-4 Phantom. He has flown more than 3,000 hours in 60 different airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes.

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