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Grumman F6F Hellcat

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The book covers the F6Fs development, testing, and production written by Grumman's test pilot "Corky" Meyer. This is followed by technical details and a running combat narrative. The Marines, British, French, and European action is all covered as well as training command during and after WWII and sections on post war, reserve, drones, and Hellcat prey.

McDonnell F2H-3/4 Big Banjo

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The F2H-3/4 Banshee ("Big Banjo") was a direct outgrowth of the F2H-1 and F2H-2 series of Korean war fighter and recon jets which became the US Navy's first single seat all-weather carrier interceptor. This book also includes a chapter on Royal Canadian F2H-3s.

Curtiss SOC Seagull

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

128 pages, 280 b/w photos, diagrams and technical manual illustrations. Concise visual history of Curtiss-Wright's classic 1930s through WWII single-engined scout observation biplane. The Seagull was significant for incorporating full-span automatic wing slots in combination with hand operated upper wing flaps which combined to give improved performance need for shipboard operations. SOCs could be configured with floats or wheeled undercarriages and was capable and versatile - so much so that it replaced the failed SO3C Seamew that had been produced to supersede the OS2U Kingfisher that had previously supplanted the SOC in frontline service! Includes developmental and unit service histories, 2 pages of modeler's references.

Lockheed R6O/R6V Constitution (Naval Fighters)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The Lockheed R6V Constitution was a large, propeller-driven, double-decker transport aircraft developed in the 1940s by Lockheed as a long-range, high capacity transport and airliner for the U.S. Navy.

Bell XFL-1 Airabonita (Naval Fighters, 81)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Tommy H Thomason

The Bell XFL-1 Airabonita was an experimental shipboard interceptor aircraft developed for the US Navy.

USN/USMC Two-Seat Skyhawks

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

This book has all the Squadron and their history in the USN, USMC, and USNR. It has the history, photos, patches (crests), ships, and shore stations they served.

Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk Airship Fighters (Naval Fighters, 79)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Richard Hoffman

The F9C was the first fighter specifically designed to be dropped from mother airships.

Douglas TBD-1 Devastator (Naval Fighters, Number seventy-one)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

This book takes you back to the early days of the Navy with a new weapon on the new and untried aircraft carriers when the battle ship was king.

TEMCO TT-1 Pinto (Naval Fighters #72)


Not Indexed Yet Mark Frankel

Developed as a private venture, the Temco Pinto primary jet trainer made its first flight March 26, 1956.

1/05/2007

Martin P5M Marlin Patrol Seaplane

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Richard Hoffman , Steve Ginter

This book covers the complete history of the Martin P5M Marlin aircraft development, construction, systems, squadron, interior, exterior weapons, and stores.

Vought TA-7C/EA-7L/A-7K Twosair

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The first converted TA-7C flew for the first time on December 17, 1976, and was delivered to the Navy on January 31, 1977. This book includes US Air National Guard A-7K Greek TA-7Hs, Portugese TA-7Ps, and Thai TA-7Es.

Curtiss XBTC-2 Eggbeater

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski

Curtiss Model 98 XBTC-2 was designed for a request for a single seat dive/torpedo bomber in 1942. The -2 was first flown on January 20 1945, and all work on the -1 was terminated after 1943. The crash of the first prototype in February 1947, and the second in August 1947, ended the development.

Early Banshees F2H-1/2/2B/2N/2P

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

This volume covers F2H-1, F2H-2/2B/2N/2P Banshees.

Martin P4M-1/-1Q Mercator (Naval Fighters Series Vol 37)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

This book attempts to delineate the history of the Martin P4M Mercator. It is not by any means a complete narrative, due to the secret nature of the Mercator's career and its importance to the Cold War. Through mishaps and shoot-downs, the nineteen ship production run flew clandestine electronic intelligence missions against China, North Korea, Russia, and Vietnam until 1960. Many of the documents, drawings and photos used in this book were declassified for this publication as late as 6-17-96. Even so, I trust that all that acquires this book will thrill at the beauty and gracefulness of the big Martin.

Bell HSL ASW Helicopter (Naval Fighters #70)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Tommy H Thomason

The Bell Model 61 was the only Bell helicopter using the tandem-rotor layout; it was powered by a 2400 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-50 engine and was intended to carry air-to-surface missiles such as the Fairchild Petrel as well as dipping ASDIC.

Fleet Whales Skywarrior Pt.2

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bruce Cunningham

This second volume covers the operational use of the aircraft by the US Navy. This book covers the history of the squadrons, the special squadrons and the men who flew the Whales.

Naval Fighters Number Forty-Eight : Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski

The Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1 was initially designed to meet a 1943 Navy requirement for a "single-seat carrier based high performance dive bomber."

Naval Fighters Number Thirty Douglas XSB2D-1 & BTD-1 Destroyer

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski , Steve Ginter

Bob Kowalski continues the saga of the bomber Torpedo (BT) program and the similar Scout Bomber (SB) program with the obscure story of the Douglas XSB2D-1 and BTD-1 "Destroyer".

Boeing XF8B-1 Five-In-One Fighter (Naval Fighters)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Rick Koehnen

The F/A 18 Hornet was not the first Naval Aircraft designed to meet all the Navy needs.

Grumman F9F Part 3 Navy Panthers Korea and Beyond

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

Volume three of the Panther story focuses on the use of the aircraft by the United States Navy.

Grumman F9F -6P/8P Photo Cougar

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The F9F-6P/8P Photo Cougar replaced the F9F-5P Photo Panther in two Navy and two USMC squadrons in 1954.

Curtiss XBT2C-1 Bomber/Torpedo Aircraft Prototype

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski

This is the fifth book in the series of World War II aircraft designed under the Navy's Bomber Torpedo requirements.

Douglas A-4M Skyhawk

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The last version of the Skyhawk series to be built, the A-4M Skyhawk II, was obviously the most capable. While the original Skyhawks were designed as a lightweight delivery platform for nuclear weapons, the "Mighty Mikes" were refined into the ultimate close air support weapon to protect the "Mud Marines."

Douglas A-4A/B USMC/USMCR/USNR Skyhawk

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter , Steven Albright

USMC/USMCR/USNR Douglas A-4A/B Skyhawks is the companion volume to Naval Fighters Number Forty-Nine, the Douglas A-4A/B Skyhawk in Navy Service.

Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Scott Libis

The D-558 program was a Douglas Aircraft contract with the U.S. Navy and NACA intended to produce an aircraft for the purpose of exploring transonic and supersonic flight.

Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk in Marine Service (Naval Fighters, Number Fifty-Two)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter , Steven Albright

Douglas A-4 E/F Skyhawks in Marine Service is the companion volume to Naval Fighters Number Fifty-One, Douglas A-4 E/F Skyhawks In Navy Service

Lockheed T2V/T-1A Seastar

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

Lockheed had an early lock on military jet trainer production in the United States with its very successful two-seat derivative of the P-80/F-80 Shooting Star, the T-33A/TV-2. As good as the T-Bird was, Lockheed believed a much more capable trainer could be developed from the basic T-33 design.

Naval Fighters Number Forty-Four Grumman's Mach-2 International F11F-1F Supertiger


Not Indexed Yet Corwin Meyer

The J79 powered Mach 2 Supertiger derivative of the F-11F was developed into a world class performer and was marketed as such. It impressed the foreign aviators so that it became their first choice.

1/09/1998

Naval Fighters Number Forty-Five Douglas A3D Skywarrior Part One Design/Structures/Testing


Not Indexed Yet Bruce Cunningham

Another child of the "fabulous fifties" was the big-bad A3D Skywarrior, affectionately know as "Whale" or "Killer Whale". It was not the most glamorous, but became arguably the most utilitarian carrier-based aircraft to come out of the 50's. With Hughes Aircraft's current stables of twelve whales, it will certainly outlive the few QF-4 drones still flying. As a test aircraft, size and speed as well as ease of maintenance have kept the Skywarrior in demand.

1/05/1998

Naval Fighters Number Forty Grumman F11F Tiger


Not Indexed Yet Corwin Meyer

This compendium has been written and documented by the principal Grumman and Blue Angel actors who participated in the development of those fine aircraft that came upon the scene at a very difficult, but interesting, era for both Grumman and the Navy.

1/12/1997

Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Three XTBU-1 & TBY-2 Sea Wolf

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The request for a new torpedo-bomber birthed the XTBF-1, known as the Avenger, by Grumann.

Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Six Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski , Steve Ginter

Bob Kowalski continues the saga of the Bomber Torpedo (BT) program and the similar Scout Bomber (SB) program with the obscure story of the Douglas XTB2D-1 "SkyPirate".

Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Four Convair XP5Y-1 & R3Y-1/-2 Tradewind

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

On 20 December 1944, the industry was asked to enter a design competition for a 105,000 pound patrol boat powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radials. In January 1945, the proposal was amended to include anti-shipping, anti-submarine, and air-search and rescue. Ultimately, the project was cancelled when the submitted designs were deemed marginally superior to existing aircraft. The concept was resurrected on 27 December 1945 in the form of a 165,000 pound flying boat with improved hull design and four turboprop engines to significantly improve performance.

Grumman XF5F-1 & XP-50 Skyrocket (Naval Fighters Number Thirty-One)


Not Indexed Yet Bob Martin

The Skyrocket story was originally published in the American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) Journal in 1989.

All of the comic book reading public during the 1940's followed the adventures of "Blackhawk" and his mighty men as they conquered the world of evil. Those of us with a mindbent toward things aeronautical knew that it was not "Superman" or "Batman" who held the keys to a crime-free society, bring on "Blackhawk." Dressed in daring dark uniforms, the dashing figures of this 1940's version of the "A-Team" were mounted on the very latest of aircraft. Through the paint brush the artist portrayed an entire squadron of snub-nosed twin engine fighters which those of us old enough to remember know that only a single actual aircraft existed for the artist to illustrate, the Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket.

1/05/1995

Ryan FR-1 Fireball And XF2R-1 Darkshark (Naval Fighters 28)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

It was no secret to the U.S. Navy that jet and rocket aircraft were being developed in Europe, and that once fully developed, would be of superior performance than piston engine aircraft. Because of these facts, the Navy initiated investigations into alternative solutions to counter these new jets.

North American FJ-4 / 4B Fury (Naval Fighters, No. 25)


Not Indexed Yet

This book covers the development, testing, and squadron histories of the 33-Navy units and 13-Marine units that flew the North American FJ-4/4B Fury. The original FJ-4 was given exclusively to the Marines and the Bullpup capable FJ-4B "Fury Bravo" was used by the Navy as a ground attack aircraft. Many attack pilots thought it was a better attack platform then the A4D/A-4 Skyhawk that replaced it, but the higher cost of the Fury sealed its fate. Pilots nicknamed it the "Cadillac" whereas the A-4s two most popular nicknames were "Tinker Toy" and Scooter". 260 b&w photos and 24-illustrations.

1/10/1994

Naval Fighters Number Twenty-Seven Convair XFY-1 Pogo


Not Indexed Yet Skeets Coleman

In 1947, both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy sponsored VTOL design studies called project Hummingbird. The rapid development of increasingly powerful powerplants had reached the point where a true VTOL aircraft was in the realm of possibility. The U.S. Navy's firsthand experiences with Japan's Kamikaze taught them the vulnerability of their great mobile peacekeepers, the carrier. Because of this experience the Navy felt that the only way to protect any naval presence in enemy waters was to equip all ships with a VTOL fighter.

1/09/1994

Grumman Hu-16 Albatross (Naval Fighters Series No 11)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steven J Ginter

The Grumman HU-16 Albatross started out as a company venture in the late 1940s and became such a success that it has been used by more than two dozen armed forces throughout the world.

Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar Swing-Wing (Consign) (Naval Fighters)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Corwin Meyer

The one-airplane project stemming from the swing-wing Jaguar program was only flown by one pilot, Corwin "Corky" Meyer who tells the story here.

Naval Fighters Number Twenty-Two North American AJ Savage


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

Steve Ginter tells the story of the North American AJ "Savage".

1/11/1992

Naval Fighters, No. 21: Chance Vought V-173 & Xf5U-1 Flying Pancakes


Not Indexed Yet

Telling the story of Charles H. Zimmerman's unorthodox V-173 and XF5U-1 aircraft is author Art Schoeni.

1/07/1992

Naval Fighters Number Twenty Grumman Af Guardian


Not Indexed Yet Bob Kowalski

In 1953, the mainstay of carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) forces in the Navy were represented by a pair of Grumman AF-2W and AF-2S Guardians flying as a hunter-killer team and operating from an escort carrier of the Commencement Bay(CVE-105) class.

1/10/1991

Vought's F-8 Crusader: Navy Fighter Squadrons (Naval Fighters Series No 19)


Not Indexed Yet Steven J Ginter

The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1990, this book is a squadron-by-squadron history of the "Last Gunfighter", Vought's F-8 Crusader. It covers the 69 Navy units that flew the "MiG Master" including squadron patches with additional pages on operating the Crusader in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, F-8 squadrons deployed 59 times from carrier decks off Vietnam and were responsible for downing 16 MiG-17s, two MiG-21s, plus two probable MiG-17s. This is an excellent account of a true warrior. "When your out of F-8's your out of fighters." Over 600 photos.

1/09/1990

North American Rockwell T-2 Buckeye (Naval Fighters, Volume 15)


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1987, the T-2 Buckeye book covers the development of this all-purpose jet trainer from the Navy's solicitation to industry in 1956 through its operations and squadron usage with the US Navy, Marines, Venezuela and Greece. It was originally built as a single engine jet, the T2J-1/T-2A, but had inadequate power. A second engine was added and it became the over-powered T-2B. It was a tremendously over-designed and robust aircraft, perfect for students and virtually impervious to excess Gs. Late in life it was used as a spin trainer for fleet Tomcat pilots. 137 photos and 33 illustrations.

1/10/1987

Convair T-29/C-131 Samaritan

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The T-29/C-131 series of aircraft was one of the military's many cost-saving examples of purchasing existing civil and commercial designs for their utility and transport needs.

Douglas F4d Skyray (Naval Fighters)


Not Indexed Yet Nick Williams

The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1986, the book covers the tailless bat-winged Douglas F4D Skyray, which had such an incredible rate of climb that it gained a secondary mission as part of the USAF Air Defense Command in California and Florida. Known as the Ford by Navy pilots it had a protracted development period due to the failure of its first engine the J-40. In spite of these teething problems before receiving the J-57 it would use in the fleet, the Skyray set two world speed records for the 3km and 100km courses as well as several time-to-climb records. The fighter served with distinction with 25 Navy units, 8 Marine units and NACA/NASA. The radar equipped and missile armed interceptor was retired from active service in 1964. 418 photo, 52 illustrations and extensive squadron histories.

1/12/1986

McDonnell F3H Demon (Naval Fighters Series Vol 12)


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The McDonnell F3H Demon is probably the least remembered modern Naval fighter, even though it was the first true all-weather missile fighter. When the weather prevented the agile F8U, F4D and F11F from flying, the Demon could still be launched.

1/05/1985

Chance Vought F6U Pirate: Naval Fighters Number Nine

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The result of a 1944 request from BuAer to several manufacturers for jet proposals was three designs. This is the story of one of them, the Chance Vought F6U Pirate.

Chance Vought F7U Cutlass: Naval Fighters


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The Chance Vought F7U Cutlass was the most radical fighter design ever to achieve fleet service. The bold design of the Cutlass gave the Navy a pioneer airframe which was to test and develop many systems that are still in use today.

1/12/1982

North American T-28 Trojan (Naval Fighters Series No 5)


Not Indexed Yet Steven J Ginter

Although the T-28 is not a fighter, it has cut the teeth of many a fighter pilot and seen its share of fighting in a ground support role.

1/06/1982

McDonnell Fh-1 Phantom (Naval Fighters Series No 3)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The photos in this edition are black and white. First published in 1981, the book covers the Navy's first jet aircraft to operate from a carrier, the McDonnell FD-1/FH-1 Phantom. The underpowered twin jet fighter would prove, along with North American's FJ-1, the feasibility of operating jets from carriers. It was operated by VF-17A/VF-171, VF-172, VMF-122 and the "Flying Leathernecks" demonstration team as well as the reserves. 48 photos, 6 illustrations and 21 profiles are included.

Grumman F8F Bearcat (Naval Fighters, No 80)


Not Indexed Yet Corwin Meyer

History of Grumman's last piston-engined carrier-capable fighter. Intended as a small high performance replacement for the FM2s operating from escort carriers, the Bearcat missed combat in WWII but served well with the US Navy until 1955. Covers the origins, development, variants and service history and includes detail photos and diagrams well describing the airframe and equipment, inside and out; 216 pages.

North American FJ-3 / 3M Fury (Naval Fighters, 88)


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The North American FJ-2/-3 Fury were a series of swept-wing carrier-capable fighters for the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Grumman Navy F-111B Swing Wing (Naval fighters No. 41)


Not Indexed Yet Tommy H Thomason

In 1960, both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy were developing requirements for new fighters. The Air Force was planning to replace the F-105 with a long-range, low-level supersonic, all-weather Tactical Strike Fighter to be operated from unpaved runways of 3,000 feet or less in length and capable to transatlantic ferry without refueling. The Navy needed an all-weather, carrier-based Fleet Defense Fighter with a big radar and six long-range air-to-air missiles. In 1961, these similar "Fighter" requirements were merged by the Secretary of Defense into one program, TFX, to save development costs and operating costs.

Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak (Naval fighters)


Not Indexed Yet Scott Libis

The Skystreak, sponsored by the U.S. Navy and NACA, was charged with exploring flight in the transonic region.

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado (Naval Fighters, 85)


Not Indexed Yet Richard Hoffman

The PB2Y Coronado was a large flying boat patrol bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft. After deliveries of the PBY Catalina, also a Consolidated aircraft, began in 1935, the United States Navy began planning for the next generation of patrol bombers.

Naval Fighters Number Five North American T-28 Trojan The T-28 in Navy, Air Force, & Foreign Service


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

11 x 8 paperback. Over 175 photos, color & B/W, profiles showing paint schemes & markings, detail drawings, scaled 4-view drawings, kit reviews. 65 pages. Includes material on US Navy, Air Force & Foreign Service variant plus a special section on the prototype YAT-28E turbo prop model.

USMC Panthers, Grumman F9F, Part 2: Includes Blue Angels, Reserves, and Argentina - Naval Fighters No. 60


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

Volume two of the Panther story focuses on the usage of the aircraft by the United States Marines.

PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon (Naval Fighters, 86)


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The Lockheed Ventura PV-1 AND PV-2 Harpoon was a bomber and patrol aircraft of World War II, used by United States and British Commonwealth forces in several guises.

Naval Fighters Number 63 - Grumman Goose


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

The Grumman Goose was developed to satisfy the needs of 10 businessmen who wanted a modern replacement for the Loening Air Yacht and Commuter amphibians.

On 3 of July 1937, just 35 day after first flight the first Goose was delivered for the price of $60,000. This book talks about the many uses for the Goose. From Patrol to Hydrofoil test aircraft.

Vought F8U-3 Crusader III Super Crusader (Naval Fighters, 87)


Not Indexed Yet Tommy H Thomason

The Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III was an aircraft developed by Chance Vought as a replacement to the successful F-8 Crusader program and as a competitor to the F-4 Phantom II.

The "reluctant dragon": The Curtiss SO3C, seagull/seamew (Naval fighters)


Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

In early 1937, Curtiss and Vought, the Navy's two pre-war suppliers of fleet catapult scout floatplanes, were asked to submit bids for a high-speed replacement of the very successful SOC Seagull series.

Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider (Naval Fighters)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

Over 3,180 Skyraiders were produced in 20 different versions and modified further into at least seven other variants. Learn about the development, testing and service of this versatile aircraft.

Convair PB4Y-2/P4Y-2 Privateer

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Nicholas A. Veronico

The Privateer was a heavily armed (6-twin .50 cal. machine gun turrets) 4-engine, long range, land-based, patrol bomber developed from the famous B-24/PB4Y-1 Liberator.

Martin PBM Mariner (Ginter Books)

Naval Fighters
Not Indexed Yet Steve Ginter

In addition to development, testing, variants, and detailed aircraft systems, this book tells each squadron’s history.

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