This magnificent book - which contains many black and white photographs and illustrations as well - is a nice encyclopaedia about the United States Navy and Marine Corps fighters, from 1918 to 1962.
||29 x 22 x 2 cm
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|Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
||Used - Slightly damaged dust jacket
||Paul R. Matt
||Harleyford Publications Ltd.
This book is the culmination of over ten years ardent study of United States Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, their history, purpose and development. While basically it is the story of fighter types, it is also the story of the ingenuity and courage of the men and women who produced them and the men who flew and maintained them. No air historian, single - handed, could have produced all the material necessary for the complete story of United States Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. However, with the aid of those listed below, I have endeavoured to compile the most complete and authentic account of this vast subject.
( ... ) In keeping with previous Harleyford publications, my aim was to cover the subject of the title more thoroughly than in any previous work. As a companion volume to United States Army and Air Force Fighters 1916 - 1961, this book on United States naval fighters does not deal with extraneous aircraft such as those built for export, or types which were utilised in ways other than for their basic missions. Many United States Navy and Marine Corps fighters were, however, called upon for various missions, i.e. scouting, light bombing, attack, photographic, racing and training. This, in itself, is a great tribute to the versatility of the United States naval fighter.
California, October 1962.
Paul R. Matt