- Paperback: 50 pages
- Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (July 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897472454
- ISBN-13: 978-0897472456
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FJ Fury in action - Aircraft No. 103 Paperback – July, 1990
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Jim does an excellent job of showing the first models of the Fury. The inital straight wing Fury has the same wing as a P-51 Mustang. The Jet itself was a failure. It was not the fault of the excellent North American designers. Rather, technology was at fault, the first models of the Fury were given jet engines not up to the job. I think Mr. Mesko did a great job of writing and giving photographs showing this.
The USAF asked the North American designers to give the basic design a 35 degree sweep and a J-47 engine. That jet became the famous F-86, the subject of a different book.
The F-86E was taken into Naval service as the F2 Fury. Basically, all that was done was put a tail hook on the aircraft and an stronger nose strut. The Navy had a jet that could at least fight on equal terms with the MiG-15.
The last versions of the Fury were given a new wing and the whole airframe was redesigned. The Navy now had a jet the equal of the Soviet MiG-17. Once again the reader is given many photos, drawings, and writing to show the smooth transition.
The Fury was evolved into a ground attack aircraft. However, at this time the A-3 Skyhawk was also coming into service. Basically, the little Skyhawk was a much better aircraft than the Fury and replaced it in squadron service by the very early 1960s.
I liked this book. It's easy to read, has lots of extremely good photographs, drawings, and a nice set of color plates. Aviation buffs will learn about an important aircraft in history. Modellers will get some valuable reference information.