Aero Research's USN/USMC CAGs No.5


Jay Sherlock


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Scott Van Aken

Notes: PdF, Catalogue # 1107. CD available

I am not sure just when the Navy started painting special colors on the CAG planes assigned to each squadron, but it was some time after WWII. Typically, each squadron in an air group or air wing had its own designated color with fighters being red and yellow, light attack being blue and green with orange being used on medium attack. Purple and black were generally saved for jamming squadrons, early warning, and the helo detachment. As always, this was not carved in stone and exceptions were fairly easy to find.

The heyday of very colorful CAG birds was the 60s and 70s with the 80s seeing colors disappear. These gradually returned, more in line with black tails in the 90s and continues today to some level or other.

This latest offering from Aero Research provides over 150 images of CAG birds from both the USN and USMC. Basically any plane with the nose number of 00 or 000 qualifies and they generally have the name of the commander on the side. As with all of Aero Research's photo compilations you are provided with as much information as available on each entry. This is another nice, colorful one and is available as either a CD or via e-mail. The latter option is the least expensive and perfect for those living outside the US.

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Thanks to Aero Research for the review sample.

November 2022

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