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FJ Fury in action - Aircraft No. 103 Paperback – July, 1990

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Product Details

  • 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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By John S. Staworski on August 24, 2011
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I really enjoy the "In Action" series, as they are an easy read and profusely illustrated with many black and white photos, and several line drawings. The front and rear covers are wonderfully illustrated by Don Greer. This book covers the life of the Fury from inception all the way through to the FJ-4B. The "Centerfold" is colorfully illustrated with Fury's from the FJ-1 to the FJ-4B. Built by North American Aviation (Who gave us tha fabulous P-51 and equally fabulous F-86), the Fury did have it's share of "Teething problems." Although experience with the F-86 was invaluable, producing a fighter for the Navy presented it's own problems; i.e. slower landing speeds, more stress on the airframe and landing gear, etc. To say that the Fury was just a "Navalized" F-86 Sabre is wrong. The FJ-4 and -4B were completely redesigned - although you can see the Sabre's lineage in the Fury. This book will be a great assistance to anyone who is modeling the Fury's currently on the market.
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Jim Mesko and Joe Sewell made this Squadron-Signal book on one of the most important aircraft designs in aviation, the Fury.

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.

Five Stars.
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By Nat Quick on September 4, 2014
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