One of the U.S. Navy's first airplanes was a swept-wing biplane with no horizontal tail. Burgess was a U.S. shipbuilding company that got into the airplane business in 1910. Beginning with Curtiss and Wright designs, it built airplanes under license for several years. It also bought a manufacturing license for the Dunne D.8 that was developed by John Dunne in England. The Navy bought at least a few as the Burgess-Dunne AH-7 in 1914.
The sweep of the wing was obviously not for speed but to move the pitch control surface far enough aft of the center of gravity to provide sufficient pitching moment for control of angle of attack.
At least one was fitted with bomb racks, one under each wing as evidenced in this picture taken at Pensacola in September 1916.
After a few months delay, my history of the Douglas A4D Skyhawk, Scooter!, has now been printed. It is available from Amazon Books, HERE. I've just received an advance copy and I'm very pleased with the production quality.
Strike from the Sea is the attack version of my earlier book, U.S. Naval Air Superiority. Like Air Superiority, it begins at the end of World War II. Whereas Air Superiority describes the Navy's transition from propeller-driven fighters to jets, Strike traces the development of U.S. Navy carrier-based attack aircraft, weapons, and mission capability. It also provides a segue to the current generation of strike fighters, albeit with a gap that is covered in my monograph on the Grumman F-111B. If you liked Air Superiority, you'll want to buy Strike as a companion volume. Both are available from Specialty Press (Superiority/Strike) or Amazon Books (Superiority/Strike).
My monographs are:
The Grumman F-111B
The Forgotten Bell HSL
Bell XFL-1 Airabonita
Vought F8U-3 Super Crusader
Vought F7U-1 Cutlass*
My monographs can be ordered HEREor from Sprue Brothers (search for Ginter Books).
*If you liked my F8U-3 monograph, you'll love my F7U-1 monograph. It includes information on other Vought tailless proposals, the little known F7U-2, and the transition to the F7U-3.
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.