S u m m a r y
||Naval Weapons Meet 1956
1959 by Angelo Romano with photos by William l. Swisher
Published by Model Publishing
||Soft cover; 104 pages plus covers
28.50 from Model Publishing
||Exceptional photographs (52 colour
and 120 b&w); great reference for modellers;
available online from
Wow! Thats what I first thought when I opened
this book. Being a fan of the "gull grey and white" era of U.S. Naval
aviation it is right in my area of interest.
Air Weapons Meet 1956 1959 is the first book in a planned series of
books covering U.S. Naval aviation by the Italian based company Model
This initial book covers the four competitions that
were established for specially selected United States Marine Corps and
United States Navy squadrons from both the East and West coast fleets.
These competitions were planned to be conducted on an annual basis by
were only run for four years.
The book covers each of the four competitions and
gives exhaustive details of what squadrons competed, who the pilots and
The details for the 1959 competition, named
Operation TOP GUN is by far the most comprehensive and also includes the
lineage of each of the competing squadrons as well as a full colour
illustration of the squadron insignia.
Whilst the information in regards to who flew what
and who won is interesting the real value of this book from a modeller's
perspective are the exceptional photographs. There are
52 colour and 120 black and white
ones. The black and white ones are sharp and
clear whilst the colour ones truly excellent. They are all there too,
Furys, Tigers, Demons, Skyrays, Spads, Crusaders, Skyhawks, Skywarriors,
Vigilanties. Phantoms, Intruders, Corsair IIs, and Harriers also make a
brief appearance to illustrate the machines that some of the squadrons
eventually flew. If you want to see a couple of examples, go to Model
Publishing's website at
http://www.aeroslides.com/modelpublishing/ and click on the book.
The book is A-4 in size, and contains 104 high
quality glossy pages between cardboard covers.
The inside of the rear cover gives a tantalizing
glimpse of the covers of the next two books in the series. "First and
Foremost The Illustrated History of Carrier Air Wing One", and "An
Illustrated History of U.S. Naval Aviation in Europe Volume One NAF/NSA
Naples". The credit card is going to take a bashing!
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