The title says it all. Sixteen chapters including an introduction and conclusions by Douglas V. Smith. Thirteen different distinguished authors besides Smith, each published elsewhere in their area of expertise. Heavily footnoted. I learned a lot and so will you.
In 1956, at age 12, I lived on NAS Sangley Point in the Philippine Islands. Always enamored with airplanes, I imprinted on the Cougars, Banshees, and Skyraiders then being deployed. Not able to be a Naval Aviator because I was nearsighted, I instead became an aeronautical engineer and general aviation pilot. Now retired, I write books and monographs on U.S. Navy aircraft.