Convair PB4Y-2/P4Y-2 Privateer
Paperback ISBN: 0984611460
The Privateer was a heavily armed (6-twin .50 cal. machine gun turrets) four-engine, long range, land-based, patrol bomber developed from the famous B-24/PB4Y-1 Liberator. It was responsible for sinking over 550 Japanese ships and shooting down almost 50 enemy aircraft. It usually operated alone but sometimes with a second Privateer on its missions lasting up to 11-12 hours at a time.
A Dawn Like Thunder
The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight
Paperback ISBN: 0316056537
One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men--many flying outmoded aircraft--changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history. Mrazek paints moving portraits of the men in the squadron, and exposes a shocking cover-up that cost many lives. Filled with thrilling scenes of battle, betrayal, and sacrifice, A DAWN LIKE THUNDERis destined to become a classic in the literature of World War II.
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
Paperback ISBN: 0942612957
The answer to a need for larger and faster commercial and military airlifters was provided by, among others, the Douglas aircraft company with its military C-74 and C-124 cargo planes. The C-124 evolved from an earlier Douglas design, the C-74 Globemaster. Officially, it was the Globemaster II, but the name had no appeal to the "drivers and fixers", so it came to be called "Old Shaky" or just plain "Shaky", and as time passed, the name was more often than not uttered with a kind of reverence.
Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
Hardcover ISBN: 1250033772
Documents the story of the early 20th-century racecar driver and flying ace, covering such topics as his father's violent death, the physical challenges that impeded his ambitions, his Medal of Honor decoration and his dramatic postwar experiences. 125,000 first printing.
The F/A-18 Hornet Story
Hardcover ISBN: 0752462695
The story of the revolutionary strike-fighter which has been at the forefront of American air combat for nearly three decades From failed Air Force fighter to the Navy's "universal soldier," this history chronicles the evolution of the Hornet. Built to replace both the A-7 Corsair II light attack aircraft and the F-4 Phantom II fighter in Navy service, the F/A-18 evolved from Northrop's YF-17 in the late 1970s. Production aircraft reached the Navy in May 1980, with the Marine Corps receiving Hornets two years later. More than 800 examples would eventually be built for American service, with a further 500 aircraft being sold to seven export customers. Earning its battle spurs in April 1986 flying strike missions against Libya from U.S. carriers in the Mediterranean, the Hornet would subsequently participate in Operation Desert Storm five years later and the various "policing" operations in Iraq and the Balkans that followed. Still very much in frontline use with the Navy and Marine Corps today, the "legacy" Hornet, as all non-Super Hornet variants have been dubbed, provides the backbone for carrier-based naval aviation.
F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-9
Paperback ISBN: 1782003355
VF-9 was one of the many wartime squadrons that emerged from the US Navy's rapid expansion after the attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the longest serving, and most successful, US Navy fighter units, VF-9 was initially thrown into action in the F4F Wildcat before becoming one of the first squadrons to take on the F6F Hellcat as its standard mount. The unit quickly proved the Grumman fighter's superiority over the vaunted Imperial Japanese Navy's A6M Zero-sen. In the course of two combat tours VF-9 pilots claimed 250 enemy aeroplanes shot down and produced 20 aces. The unit's leading ace was Lt Eugene Valencia, whose `finger-four' division became famous as the most successful US fighter team in Naval Aviation during World War 2, claiming a combined total of 43 Japanese aircraft. With original photographs and illustrated colour plates, this volume focuses on the aces of the second-highest scoring US Navy Hellcat squadron, from the early days of holding the famous Zero-sens at bay, to the time of achieving total dominion of the skies over the Pacific.
The Life of Butch O'Hare
Paperback ISBN: 1591142490
Fighter pilot Butch O'Hare became one of America's heroes in 1942 when he saved the carrier Lexington in what has been called the most daring single action in the history of combat aviation. In fascinating detail the authors describe how O'Hare shot down five attacking Japanese bombers and severely damaged a sixth and other awe-inspiring feats of aerial combat that won him awards, including the Medal of Honor. They also explain his key role in developing tactics and night-fighting techniques that helped defeat the Japanese. In addition, the authors investigate events leading up to O'Hare's disappearance in 1943 while intercepting torpedo bombers headed for the Enterprise. First published in 1997, this biography utilizes O'Hare family papers and U.S. and Japanese war records as well as eyewitness interviews. It is essential reading for a true understanding of the development of the combat naval aviation and the talents of the universally admired and well-liked Butch O'Hare.
Tactics and Maneuvering
Hardcover ISBN: 0870210599
This book provides a detailed discussion of one-on-one dog-fights and multi-fighter team work tactics. Full discussions of fighter aircraft and weapons systems performance are provided along with an explanation of radar intercept tactics and an analysis of the elements involved in the performance of fighter missions.