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Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-Present Hardcover – July 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580071325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580071321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2009 Military Writers Society of America Gold Book Award in the "Navy" category. "I give this book my highest recommendation, and suggest it for military history buffs or anyone inspired by airplane development or the US Navy." -----MWSA, reviewed by Hodge Wood, August 2009

Once again, we can count on Specialty Press to offer us the best book on a subject and this time it is on US Navy Strike aircraft. It is a book that I can easily recommend to you and I know that once you start to read it, you will agree. ---Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, August 2009

Strike from the Sea is an entertaining analysis of an often ill-defined, occasionally misunderstood community that has seen a great deal of successful service in many conflicts. - --U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, October 2009, reviewed by Peter Mersky

Once again, we can count on Specialty Press to offer us the best book on a subject and this time it is on US Navy Strike aircraft. It is a book that I can easily recommend to you and I know that once you start to read it, you will agree. ---Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, August 2009

Strike from the Sea is an entertaining analysis of an often ill-defined, occasionally misunderstood community that has seen a great deal of successful service in many conflicts. - --U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, October 2009, reviewed by Peter Mersky

Once again, we can count on Specialty Press to offer us the best book on a subject and this time it is on US Navy Strike aircraft. It is a book that I can easily recommend to you and I know that once you start to read it, you will agree. ---Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, August 2009

Strike from the Sea is an entertaining analysis of an often ill-defined, occasionally misunderstood community that has seen a great deal of successful service in many conflicts. ---U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, October 2009, reviewed by Peter Mersky

About the Author

Tommy H. Thomason has worked as a flight test engineer, manager, and executive in the aerospace industry for nearly 40 years, including two years as a flight test engineer on the F-4 Phantom. He has flown more than 3,000 hours in 60 different airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes. His previous works include U.S. Naval Air Superiority and monographs on the Grumman F-111B and the Bell HSL antisubmarine warfare helicopter.

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Excellent pictures and first-rate text.
James Atkins
Thomason also has a very comfortable writing style with wonderful touches of wry, understated humor.
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A perfect companion to his US Naval Air Superiority, but covering a longer time period.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James L. Spingarn on August 9, 2009
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This is wonderfully comprehensive and well written history of U. S. Navy attack aircraft and aviation over the past 60 years. The evolution of all the significant first-line planes and those that didn't quite make the grade and those that simply never left the drawing board is all presented in extremely readable and interesting fashion by Mr. Thomason. The quality and uniqueness of the photos and illustrations is excellent. The explanations of the differences, improvements, development of the aircraft and their weaponry is the best on the subject I've ever seen. A truly exceptional aviation volume, well above the usual offering. It expertly handles a complicated subject with great skill and accuracy. A fascinating and unique book, which I would unhesitatingly recommend to anyone interested in the subject matter. Additionally, Amazon is offering it at a very attractive price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Atkins on September 3, 2009
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Just as good as "U.S. Naval Air Superiority", Thomason's previous book. Lots of insight into the development of modern strike aircraft, and plenty of information about the blind alleys (A2U Attack Cutlass, for example). Also a lot of information about the little-known money pit/procurement disaster, the General Dynamics A-12. Excellent pictures and first-rate text. Authorative and informative; highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BCP on December 13, 2009
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I hesitate to write a review at this point, as I haven't finished it yet, but.........this is good. Very, very good. Enough background information to satisfy almost anyone. A perfect companion to his US Naval Air Superiority, but covering a longer time period.
You get the feeling that the work that went into this meant something, and the results are worth it. A touch of humour in what could be a dry subject in other hands. Also obvious personal knowledge of the people who were involved.
Production stanadrds are high, most photos I haven't seen published prior to this, and the side excursions into related (non attack) aircraft and or problems illuminate the subject. Having read many books over the years, every page tells me something I hadn't known before.
What's he going to write next?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ewin T. Verdict on December 23, 2009
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The book is thorough, comprehensive, very well written, accurate. A "must-have" for any one interested in carrier aviation.
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