U.S. Navy Aircraft History
By Tommy H. Thomason
Sunday, April 30, 2023
JATO vs. RATO
Every once in a while, someone wonders why rocket-assisted takeoff is called JATO (Jet Assisted Takeoff) instead. According to Captain Rob...
Friday, March 3, 2023
Comparing U.S. Navy Swept-Wing Fighter Service Careers
Every once in a while on the internet, with respect to U.S. Navy swept-wing fighters before the introduction of the F8U Crusader and the F4...
Saturday, December 24, 2022
A Brief History of USN Helicopter Minesweeping
I had intended to post this here but inadvertently created it in my modeling blog. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2022/12/a-brief-h...
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Barricade and Barriers Example
Every once in a while, someone posts a picture of a barricade engagement on an angle-deck carrier and refers to it as the barrier. Sometimes...
Saturday, August 20, 2022
North American PBJ-1H Carrier Suitability Evaluation
In November 1944, the recently commissioned Shangri-La was used to conduct carrier evaluations of three aircraft, a Grumman F7F-1 Tigercat...
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Naval Fighters Number 113: Douglas F4D-1/F-6A Skyray by Nicholas M. Williams
This is a long needed update of Naval Fighters 13 by the same author published in 1984. "Greatly expanded" doesn't do it jus...
Friday, March 25, 2022
Douglas A3D Skywarrrior and B-66 Destroyer Differences
The U.S. Navy's A3D Skywarrior and USAF B-66 Destroyer are very similar airplanes from the same manufacturer, Douglas, initially with v...
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