United States Naval Aviation 1911-2014 - Michael GreenBarnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime, 2015, Paperback.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “From humble beginnings in 1911, by the 1930s U.S. Naval Aviation had its first fighter biplanes in service and, by the eve of the Second World War, flew monoplanes, like the Grumman F4F Wildcat. Since the Second World War it has been among the world’s most powerful military organizations.
During the Second World War, the US designed and built ever more capable fighter planes such as the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. Meanwhile attack aircraft, such as the Douglass SBD Dauntless, the Douglas TBD Devastator and the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver were in service with the U.S. Navy’s carrier force.
These were replaced post-war by the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, and the F2H Banshee and, during the Vietnam War, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and the Grumman A-6 Intruder.
In the 1980s, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet supplemented by the Grumman EA-6B Prowler (electronic warfare role) and the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (airborne early warning).
By the 21st Century U.S. Naval Aviation had replaced its 1980’s strike aircraft, such as the F-14 and the F-18 Hornet with various versions of the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Just entering the inventory is the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II fighter/strike aircraft. From 2025 they will be joined by unmanned drones.
All these formidable aircraft are featured in this comprehensive Images of War book with superb images supported by informative text and captions.”