USN Aircraft 1922 to 1962 Volume 6


Phil Listemann






Scott Van Aken

Notes: 76 pages over 100 photos. Also available as a .pdf. ISBN: 9791096490240

Moving along, the folks at have continued with their series of  books concentrating on USN aircraft types from 1922 until 1962. This time frame basically covers the old style of aircraft designations that was used by the Navy for forty years until the system was unified in 1962. This review edition is the printed version. 

This volume continues with the "F" series of aircraft. In this case, we are talking about planes from Curtiss to Douglas. We start with the XF8C-1 and continue to the XF15C-1. Then we start with the Douglas XFD-1, which was a two place biplane fighter. Then a bit of a hiccup as the FD-1 designation was used on the McDonnell Phantom before it was redesignated the FH-1. The Douglas listing continues to the F6D-1 Missileer, which ends this volume.

Each of the entries covers an explanation of all the letters and numbers in the type's nomenclature as well as the number built and the serial numbers of those planes. Variants each have their own section so you will find, for instance, a section on the XF3D-1 and another on the production F3D-1 as well as other versions of the same basic airframe. Each section has a very nice selection of photographs, all of them fairly large and many of them in color.

It is a superbly researched and developed book and I am positive you will find it as interesting a read as did I. Highly recommended.

June 2018

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