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"Fleet Air Arm - British Carrier Aviation,
1939-1945" by Ron McKay
published by Squadron/Signal
8.5" x 11" portrait format; 64 pages plus covers; over
100 photos; 5 colour wartime photos; 40 colour profiles (!!)
affordable reference for modellers and those interested in
history; inspiration via 40 colour profiles across all major FAA
types; good narrative on history and operations; very useful and
well captioned wartime photos.
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as a great introductory primer to the British FAA.
by Brett Green
Squadron/Signal Publications has a knack for packaging concise and
helpful reference books on otherwise overlooked elements of aviation history.
Titles such as Squadron's Finnish Air Force, Hungarian Air Force and two-part Regia Aeronautica series are amongst the most-thumbed books in my library.
Squadron has adopted another neglected subject with "Fleet Air
Arm - British Carrier Aviation, 1939-1945" by Ron McKay.
The book is presented in portrait format with 64 glossy pages between
soft cardboard covers.
The rear page is one of the highlights of the book,
with five small but beautifully reproduced colour photographs of wartime FAA
aircraft. These pictures perfectly illustrate the FAA shades of Dark Slate
Grey (actually more like a medium drab olive shade) and Extra Dark Sea Grey.
These colour photos also include an Ocean Grey and Dark Green camouflaged
Spitfire I. This provides a useful comparison between the standard
day-fighter colours and the over-water shades.
Although the title limits the scope of the book to WWII, the text
commences with the introduction of the first British aircraft carrier in
1918. The narrative continues with major operational engagements including
the Battle of the Atlantic, Russian convoys, Mediterranean operations, the
Far East and Pacific Fleets and, of course, descriptions of the sinking of
the Bismarck and the Tirpitz.
In common with most Squadron publications, "Fleet Air Arm"
is packed with contemporary, helpfully captioned photos. More than 100
black-and-white photos are included in this title.
The colour artwork is another highlight. Don Greer supplies 40 colour
profiles across 8 pages in addition to the attractive cover artwork. These
profiles cover aircraft types including Seafire, Hurricane, Wildcat,
Hellcat, Corsair, Avenger, Barracuda, Walrus, Fulmar, Firefly, Kingfisher,
Sea Gladiator, Skua, Seafox, Roc, Flycatcher, Nimrod, Swordfish, Albacore
and even the bulbous and unimaginatively-named "Blackburn
Squadron's "Fleet Air Arm" is an excellent primer for
the history, operations and aircraft of the British FAA in World War Two.
There are undoubtedly specific unit histories and other books with more
detail on individual aircraft types, but this book provides an authentic
impression of British aircraft operating under these most challenging
conditions in a single, concise and affordable package.
The 40 colour profiles will provide abundant inspiration for modellers,
and the five colour photos on the back cover will settle many arguments
about the true nature of the colours Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea
Thanks to Squadron/Signal Publications for the review
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
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