Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-present

Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-present


By (author) Tommy H. Thomason


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  • Publisher: Specialty Press
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 257mm x 259mm x 25mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: North Branch
  • ISBN 10: 1580071325
  • ISBN 13: 9781580071321
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.), 1 col. map
  • Sales rank: 330,820

Product description

"Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet 1948-Present" celebrates carrier-based air-to-ground attack aircraft, which first came into operation during the Korean War, reached maturity during Vietnam, and are now deployed throughout the world. Well-known author and naval aviation authority Tommy Thomason not only explores such legendary Navy aircraft as the A4D Skyhawk, A3J Vigilante, and A-6 Intruder, the critical role of the aircraft carrier as well as itself, for without these massive nuclear-powered floating airfields, U.S. Navy attack aircraft would have no sea-borne bases from which to operate. Armament from gravity bombs to today's GPS-guided "smart weapons" are covered in great detail, and this book also explains that while many different types of airplanes were required for flying attack missions in the past, only one aircraft - the advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - is needed to carry out these same missions in an even more complex and hostile combat environment today.

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Review quote

"I highly recommend this book for your research library if you are a modeler or an aviation enthusiast."--Mike Hinderliter"IPMS" (09/23/2009)

Back cover copy

In the years immediately following World War II, there were many changes made in the world of military aviation. The U.S. Air Force became a separate branch of the service in September 1947, and U.S. Navy aircraft development underwent a dramatic change one year later, by designating a different letter as the prefix for a whole new breed of naval aircraft. That letter was "A" for "Attack." Strike From the Sea takes you deep into the hangar decks and cockpits of the ships and planes that composed the Navy's lethal strike forces. They are all covered--from the early piston-powered 275-knot Douglas Skyraiders to today's twin-jet supersonic Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The technical evolution of these machines is also explored in vivid detail by noted author and naval aviation expert Tommy H. Thomason. He documents such legendary naval attack aircraft as the Douglas A4D Skyhawk, North American AJ Savage, Douglas A3D Skywarrior, North American A3J Vigilante, and Grumman A-6 Intruder. Augmenting the superb coverage of the naval attack aircraft themselves is an equally in-depth look at the development of aircraft armament, mission strategy, and the mammoth nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that deploy these attack jets right to the enemy's doorstep. This book also examines such exotic, but stillborn, concepts as the General Dynamics A-12 and even a Navy carrier version of the F-117 Stealth Fighter.