United States Marine Corps Air­craft Since 1913

(McFar­land, 590 pages, $49.95)

Flight Journal - - REVIEW RUNWAY - By E. R. John­son Gerry Yar­rish

In the his­tory of avi­a­tion, there have been count­less air­craft de­signed and flown. But for mil­i­tary-avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts, few air­craft have matched the dis­tinc­tion of the warbird for sup­port­ing the lowly grunt on the ground. And in fact, the spe­cific mis­sion of United States Marine Corps Avi­a­tion is ex­actly that: to sup­port Marine com­bat forces on the ground, pri­mar­ily dur­ing their am­phibi­ous-as­sault mis­sions. From the 1920s to the present, Marine avi­a­tion has un­der­gone an amaz­ing evo­lu­tion, not only in terms of tac­tics but also in the types of air­craft needed to ac­com­plish its mis­sion.

Writ­ten by E. R. John­son, United States Marine Corps Air­craft Since 1913 gives the reader a com­pre­hen­sive his­tor­i­cal ac­count­ing of the var­i­ous air­craft flown by Marine avi­a­tors. This book would be a great ad­di­tion to any­one’s ref­er­ence li­brary as it in­cludes tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, de­tailed three-view draw­ings, and many ex­cel­lent pho­to­graphs of ev­ery type of fixed- and ro­tary-wing air­craft used by the Marines. It high­lights Marine air­craft through the years, from the Corps’ hum­ble ori­gins be­fore World War I to its cur­rent op­er­a­tions around the world. own right, who pro­duced the many de­tailed air­craft draw­ings in the book. A spe­cial treat for the reader is that the book does not sim­ply high­light the fa­vorite reg­u­lars shown in most ref­er­ence books; it cov­ers some of the more ob­scure and rare air­craft types. From the

Cur­tiss E-1/AX-1 Owl (a V-8 60hp en­gine– equipped am­phib­ian bi­plane) and Grum­man F6F-5N Hell­cat to the Rock­well OV-10A

Bronco, McDon­nell Dou­glas AV/TAV-8 Har­rier, Bell-Boe­ing MV-22B Osprey, and McDon­nell Dou­glas F/A-18C, there are great three-view draw­ings to ap­pease any­one’s doc­u­men­ta­tion ap­petite. He­li­copters are also given ex­cel­lent at­ten­tion. In ad­di­tion, there are sev­eral pages de­voted to modern un­manned air sys­tems— both fixed-wing and ro­tor drones—as well as in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous air­craft-car­rier ves­sels.

John­son served in the U.S. Navy’s At­lantic Sub­ma­rine Fleet from 1969 to 1972 and has been a pri­vate pi­lot since 1980. He is past pres­i­dent of the Arkansas Avi­a­tion His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Avi­a­tion His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Air­craft Own­ers and Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion. John­son is also the au­thor of seven books and has writ­ten more than 100 avi­a­tion ar­ti­cles.

If you’re an avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast with a U.S. Marine Corps branch in your avi­a­tion-in­ter­est tree, this book, priced at $49.95, is a great value and I highly rec­om­mend it.—

The book is di­vided into three sec­tions: fixed-wing tac­ti­cal air­craft; fixed-wing trans­port, trainer, and util­ity air­craft; and ro­tary­wing air­craft. Each sec­tion is well ad­dressed tech­ni­cally and vis­ually. The au­thor has en­joyed a friend­ship of more...

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