U.S. Naval Air Superiority

U.S. Naval Air Superiority

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As World War II came to a close, piston-powered fighter aircraft were at their zenith, and Navy fighters, such as the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought Corsair, dominated the skies over the Pacific. As these fighter designs reached their peak, a new propulsion technology was being developed that held great promise. When introduced, the first jet aircraft were underpowered, and in many ways inferior to propeller-driven aircraft of the time. U.S. Naval Air Superiority examines the Navy's internal struggle to adapt the jet engine to its style of warfare as well as the development and evolution of carrier-borne fighters and their airframes and engines, from the closing days of World War II through Vietnam. For the first time, U.S. Naval Air Superiority profiles the turbulent design and development stage of the Navy's carrier-based jet fighter program. From the successful designs, such as the Fury, Banshee, Crusader, and Phantom II, to the also-rans, like the Fireball, Demon, Pirate, and Cutlass, the Navy's needs are measured against contractor and political demands and the limits of the evolving engine and aerodynamic technologies of the day. This book includes engine cut-aways, aircraft comparison diagrams, and details the safety improvements made to aircraft carriers to enable higher speed and high-gross-weight jet operations.The most obvious output was a NATOPS manual of standard operation procedures and flight instructions for each naval aircraft type, the first being produced for the Sikorsky HSS-1 (later SH-34) antisubmarine warfare helicopter and distributed in July 1961. In December 1963, the first manual that consolidated flight andanbsp;...

Title:U.S. Naval Air Superiority
Author:Tommy H. Thomason
Publisher:Specialty Press - 2008-02-07


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