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Baldwin, Sherman, IRONCLAW: A Navy Carrier Pilot's Gulf War Experience.



$22.00


van Deurs, ANCHORS IN THE SKY: Spuds Ellyson, The First Naval Aviator.



$30.00


Green, Michael, UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION 1911-2014. New copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2013). Images of War Series. 250 b&w and color photos. 184 pp.

From humble beginnings in 1911 with float planes, by the 1930s, the US Navy possessed dirigibles and were introducing fighter planes. By the start of WW2, monoplane fighters were replacing biplanes 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 shore bases 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.



$24.95


Kaplan, Phillip, NAVAL AVIATION: Celebrating a Century of Naval Flying. New copy, hardcover. (Pen & Sword, 2013). 16 pages monoplate selection. 208 pp.

Naval aviation arrived early in the last century in the form of balloons and airships employed by the British Royal Navy for reconnaissance, and interest was stirring in naval circles in a greater aeronautical capacity for the service. Britain's tradition of projecting a global reach through her sea power would, in the view of many, be greatly enhanced by such a capability. Among the first advocates of military aircraft development was British naval minister, Winston Churchill.
~~~ Over the course of the last century since this point of inception, huge leaps have been made in the design, development, and performance of naval aircraft. This comprehensive account, brought to us by eminent aviation historian Philip Kaplan, details the journey from origin through early development into wartime deployment. This is carried forward through post-war innovations and into modern conflicts such as the Falklands campaign. Attention is paid to the key landmarks of aviation history, such as Taranto, Pearl Harbor, The Doolittle Raid, the Battle of Midway and the Korean campaign. Reference is also paid throughout to the flying aces; the high points in the combat careers of the greatest naval and marine aviators of the past century.
~~~ Kaplan weaves multiple threads in an effort to produce a comprehensive and detailed history. One of these is the part played by women in the history of flight, detailing a journey characterised by ever-closer involvement at the vanguard of aviation development, showing how societal changes have impacted upon this area in tune with others. Bringing the history up to date, there is a section dedicated to the Helicopter, its varying uses, current disposition and status of the various types in the U.S and British navies.
~~~ Complemented by a collection of interesting photographs, this is sure to appeal to aviation enthusiasts as well as social historians of the past one hundred years; this isn't just a history of the various aircraft but of the people who got them off the ground and flew them into a new century.



$34.95


Kaplan, Phillip, NAVAL AVIATION IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. New copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2013). 150 b&w photos. 160 pp.

The first aircraft carriers made their appearance in the early years of World War I. These first flattops were improvised affairs built on hulls that had been laid down with other purposes in mind, and it was not until the 1920s that the first purpose-built carriers were launched, but no-one was as yet clear about the role of the carriers and they were largely unloved by the 'battleship admirals' who still believed that their great dreadnoughts were the ultimate capital ships.
~~~ World War II changed all that, At Taranto, Pearl Harbor, and in the North Atlantic, the carrier, the ugly duckling of the world's navies, proved itself to be the dreadnought nemesis. As the tide of war turned, the fast attack carriers of the U.S. Navy spearheaded the counter-attack in the Pacific while the makeshift escort carriers helped to seal the fate of the German U-boats in the Atlantic. The carrier, and naval aviation, thus emerged into the post-war world as the primary symbol and instrument of sea power; it would play a crucial role in the strategic encirclement of the Soviet Union and enabled western airpower to be rapidly and effectively deployed in areas of conflict as remote as Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Gulf.
~~~ Kaplan describes the adventure of the young American, British, and Japanese naval aviators in the Second World War. It is an account of their experiences based on archives, diaries, published and unpublished memoirs, and personal interviews with veteran naval airmen of WWII, providing a vivid and often hair-raising picture of the dangers they encountered in combat and of everyday life aboard an aircraft carrier. It considers some of the key aspects of the WWII naval aviators combat career, such as why it was that only a tiny minority of these pilots - those in whom the desire for aerial combat overrode everything - accounted for such a large proportion of the victories.
~~~ In the major carrier actions of that conflict, from the Royal Navy's attack on Taranto which crippled the Italian fleet in 1940, to the Japanese carrier-launched surprise attack on U.S. Navy battleships and facilities at Pearl Harbor in 1941, to the carrier battle of Midway in 1942, and the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot of 1944, through the Japanese Kamikaze campaign against the U.S. Carriers in the final stages of the Pacific war, this book takes the reader back to one of the most exciting and significant times in modern history.



$24.95


Layman, TO ASCEND FROM A FLOATING BASE: Shipboard Aeronautics and Aviation, 1783-1914



$25.00


Parsons, Dave & Derek Nelson, FIGHTER COUNTRY: The F-14 Tomcats of NAS Oceana



$35.00


Pearce, George F., THE U.S. NAVY IN PENSACOLA: FROM SAILING SHIPS TO NAVAL AVIATION, 1825 ~ 1930.



$30.00


Waller, Douglas C. AIR WARRIORS: The Inside Story of the Making of a Navy Pilot




$23.00


Hall, TOP GUN: THE NAVY'S FIGHTER WEAPONS SCHOOL



$15.00