at the National
Douglas F4D / F-6 Skyray
Douglas' first jet fighter design, the F4D was another result of US
postwar acquisition of German aeronautical data, in this case Alexander
Lippisch's work on delta wing aircraft. The XF4D-1 prototype flew in
January 1951, powered by an Allison J35 as an interim measure.
Westinghouse XJ40s were later fitted to the first two aircraft, and
thus powered, the second Skyray acheived a world speed record of 752
mph in October 1953. Despite this, the J40 program would be a major
failure, the engine proving unreliable and unable to acheive a thrust
rating even close to requirements. Fortunately, the F4D airframe had
not been closely tailored to the J40, and fitting Pratt & Whitney
J57s to production F4D-1s was possible.
"F4D Makes Carrier Evaluation Tests" NATC Skyray evaluations from
USS Coral Sea.
February 1954 p.11 *
"Skyray Meets the Marines" NAN January 1957 p.30
photos - covers the conversion of VMF-115 to F4Ds. *
"VMF(AW)-115 and Skyray - Records Made at MCAAS Mojave" NAN
March 1957 p.25 *
"VF-74 Qualifies in F4D's" Naval
model for FS2002
at the Flying Leathernecks Museum as a Marine aircraft of VMF(AW)-115
Vought F6U Pirate
of an F6U
Vought F7U Cutlass
at Griffith Park
Review of the Hobbycraft
A great series of walk-around shots of a
preserved "Whale" - includes some good close-in shots of the wing fold
mechanism and landing gear
3-view profile: A3D Skywarrior Flight
"Skywarrior proves a Champion" Naval
p.9 four pictures. A3D-1 transcontinental speed records.
"VAH-123 Wins Whidbey Bombing Derby" Naval Aviation News
December 1962 p.31 four pictures.
Walk Around: Video walk around of a recon-model Vigilante
preserved in Colorado.
"VAH-1 makes transition to Vigilante" Naval Aviation News
1963 p.11 Four pictures.
Review: A-6 Intruder Walk-Around
by Lou Drendel
. For nearly
thirty years, Grumman's A-6 was the
"main battery" of the carrier air wings, with the ability to conduct
strikes at long ranges and in all weather condition. This 80-page
softcover provides all the in-depth photo detail needed to build an
A-6E model, with dozens on close in shots of the airframe, avionics
bays, tailhook, engines, and cockpit.
for Flight Simulator:
An interesting "virtual walk around" of
the A-6E by Alphasim for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Build article on the Hasegawa
Single-seat FA-18E Super Hornet of VFA-143 Pukin Dogs
of the USS Eisenhower's
air wing. (C. Reed)
"Hawkeye scores double first" Naval
May 1962 p.11
five pictures - testing at Pax River - first aircraft to use the nose
tow arrangement, first turboprop to be catapulted.
Robert Wall "Hawkeye 2000 set to expand Fleet's eyes"
Aviation Week & Space Technology
2002 p.60-63, plus cover photo of an E-2C showing the CEC
antenna under the fuselage.
"Hawkeye - A New Dimension in Tactical Warfare" Air International
1977 Includes a cutaway diagram.
Review: US Naval Airpower:
Supercarrier in action
Photography by Neil Leifer,
Bill Sweetman. The late 1980s was the height of the "Top Gun"
craze, and I recall there being a number of quickie type picture books
on US naval aviation. I would classify this
book as being a high-quality
photo work that very
well illustrates the carrier action of its day, as seen aboard the USS Carl Vinson
(CVN-70). Lots of
large, dramatic shots of aircraft and flight deck crews in action.
Predictably, there are a lot of Tomcat shots (nothing wrong with that!)
but we also see E-2Cs, Prowlers, SLUFs, Intruders, Vikings, and even a
CH-46 or two. Among the individual aircraft seen are E-2C BuNo 161344
of VAW-114, A-6E BuNo 152930 of VA-52, and Intruder BuNo 151576. And if
you're building a model of a Nimitz class carrier, there is some good
coverage of the Vinson
herself, including overhead shots and several images that show the
island in good detail.
"CVA-66 is commissioned" Naval
p.10-11 USS America
commissioning at Norfolk Navy Shipyard.
Picture: "JFK in James River after Launching" Naval Aviation News
February 1968 p.6
"At war on USS Theodore Roosevelt" Air
2002. Covers CVN-71 operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan
following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"USS Harry S Truman" Air Forces
April 2003. Covers
a visit by CVN-73 to Slovenia. Includes a photo of FA-18C BuNo 164261
in VFA-105 Gunslingers high-visibility colors.