Jet Fighters of the US Navy and Marine Corps-Part 1: The First Ten Years
Detail & Scale Printed Book
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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One of the most revolutionary times in aviation history has to be in the immediate times following WWII. The first ten years featured the infant jet series.
Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak are a dynamic team and produce some of the best reference books available. Detail & Scale have been producing excellent reference publications for years. This softbound book is no different. This book is similar to the monographs that D&S did for the Revell model company. The book covers all the early types of naval aircraft. It highlights the development of the fighters, as well as, the carriers that carried them.
The softbound book has a 113 pages which contains 220 photos, with 115 in color. There are also 30 full color profiles drawn by Rock Roszak. The book covers some iconic aircraft such as the Fury, Banshee, Panther Cougar and Tiger, but it also covers lesser known and test aircraft such as the Pirate, Phantom, Shooting Star, Jaguar and Sea Dart. All the aircraft are discussed in a historical aspect. An overview of each aircraft is presented along with beautiful color and black and white photos. If there are any surviving aircraft they are also included.
The chapter breakdown starts with the discussion of the Aircraft Carriers in the Jet Age. The transition from wooden flight decks to steel was necessitated by the extreme heat of the jet engines. Then it is time to do the aircraft.
The aircraft are arranged in chronological order of their first flights. The first aircraft is the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom, the original Phantom. This is followed by the Fury, Pirate, Banshee, Panther, Shooting Star, Skyknight, Cutlass, Skyray, Demon, Cougar, Fury, Jaguar, Sea Dart, and Tiger. There are more photos of the operational fighters than the test aircraft, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t covered in good detail. The aircraft are shown in full color including some Blue Angel aircraft.
This is a great overview book. It does not have the intricate detail that the individual aircraft books have but there is plenty of information including cockpit photos of all the aircraft. I really enjoyed the book and the information is well written and detailed. The photos are first rate and show some colorful aircraft. The profile artwork is the usual standard that you expect from Detail and Scale. This is another great book from Detail and Scale. I am looking forward to the impending second part.
Thanks to Detail & Scale or the sample.
Review Copyright © 2019 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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23 October, 2019
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