S u m m a r y
A Military Photo Logbook, Volume 1
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover: 120
pages; 350 photographs
USD$19.95 from Specialty Press
of photos; excellent value
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Specialty Press's "US Naval Aviation
Vol.1" will be available online from Squadron
U.S. Naval Aviation: A Military Photo Logbook,
Volume 1 is the first in a new series of books from Specialty Press.
At first glance, the book is reminiscent of the old Osprey Publications
Aerospace series of colour photo books which were so welcomed by
modellers worldwide for their close-up photography of contemporary
military and civilian aircraft.
Specialty Press’ concept with these new books is both simple and
logical. They span a full year of operations of each of the service that
they are covering. In the case of this volume, the title is a bit of a
misnomer as there is also coverage of United States Marine Corps
aviation and of the United States Coast Guard aircraft and operations as
All of the images contained in the book have been taken by Service
photographers and given this; you are treated with images that no
civilian photographer could even hope to capture. Each photograph’s
caption includes a full description of the event as well as the date it
was taken and this will go a long way to helping you fix an aircraft’s
markings in years to come.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Pretty well all aspects of operations
in peace and war are covered with images captured aboard ships, at U.S.
bases across the globe and in the air. Combat operations in Afghanistan
and Iraq are included as are humanitarian missions, training exercises,
aerial refuelling, aircraft weapons, and maintenance operations. The
maintenance shots will be especially welcomed by modellers who are
looking for reference to detail their latest masterpiece.
All types of U.S. Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States
Coast Guard aircraft are covered, including the mighty F-14 Tomcat, the
F/A-18 Hornet series, AV8 Harrier, P-3 Orion and the sadly missed S-3
Viking. Rotary wing fans will not be disappointed as coverage of the
AH-1 Cobra derivatives, H-53 series, aging CH-46 and the H-60 series are
The increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the U.S. military is
acknowledged as well and they also receive coverage between the covers.
The book it self is soft bound with thin cardboard covers, is 9” x 9” in
size (a tad bigger than the Osprey Aerospace series), comprises 120
pages and contains 350 colour photos.
The biggest surprise is the cost at just $19.95USD direct from the
As far as I am concerned, these new books from
Specialty Press are excellent value. They provide sharp full colour
photographs that will delight both the amateur historian as well as the
modeller seeking reference shots.
Thanks to Karin of
Specialty Press for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 03 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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