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F-14 Tomcat Pilot's Flight Operating Manual Vol. 1 By United States Navy
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS VOLUME 1 OF 2. YOU MUST PURCHASE BOTH BOOKS TO HAVE A COMPLETE SET. Developed as both an air superiority fighter and a long-range naval interceptor, Grumman’s F-14 Tomcat... More > was the U.S. Navy’s primary fighter from 1974 until 2006. Over 700 were built. The F-14 flew its first combat missions shortly after its initial deployment in late 1974, flying in support of the American withdrawal from Saigon. In 1981 it drew first blood, as two F-14s from VF-41 downed two Libyan Su-22s. The plane compiled a notable combat record for the United States in both Gulf Wars and NATO actions in Bosnia. Planes sold to the Shah of Iran prior to his ouster remain the last F-14s in active service, as the U.S. Navy retired it in October 2006. This F-14 pilot’s flight operating handbook was originally produced by the U.S. Navy. It has been slightly reformatted but is reproduced here in its entirety. It provides a fascinating view inside the cockpit of one of history’s great planes.< Less
Vought F-8U Crusader Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Navy
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When U.S. Navy pilots entered the Vietnam conflict in 1966, the F-8 Crusader saw action against North Vietnamese MiGs. By war’s end in 1972, Crusader pilots had accounted for 19 downed enemy... More > aircraft. While missiles accounted for most of the victories, four enemy planes were downed in dogfights by the Crusader’s formidable Colt Mark 12 cannons. It was an achievement that earned the pilots a place in history and the moniker “last of the gunfighters”. Originally printed by Chance Vought Aircraft and the U.S. Navy in the 1960s, this F-8 Flight Operating Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been reformatted and color images appear in black and white. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber Pilot's Flight Manual By United States Navy
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The Douglas SBD Dauntless served as the U.S. Navy’s front line dive bomber from the outbreak of WWII thru 1943. Dauntless’ proved their mettle at the battles of Coral Sea and Midway,... More > where crews accounted for four Japanese carriers. The plane also saw action in support of the Marines at Guadalcanal. Their last combat stint was at the Battle of the Phillipine Sea in 1944. Originally printed by Douglas and the U.S. Navy during WWII, this Flight Operating Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was recently declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Grumman / G.M. F4F Wildcat Fighter Pilot's Flight Operating Manual By United States Navy
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The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the primary Marine Corps and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft during the opening year of WWII. Although outperformed by the Japanese Zero, the Wildcat more than held its own. ... More > It first saw combat at Wake Island in December of 1941, and served as the Pacific Fleet’s primary air defense during the crucial battles at Coral Sea and Midway. Almost 8,000 Wildcats were built during the war, many of them by General Motors. The GM version, designated FM-2, was based on Grumman’s XF4F-8 prototype. These entered service after the Corsair and Hellcat were deployed. As a result,most FM-2s flew from escort carriers. Originally printed by Grumman and the U.S. Navy, this Flight Operating Handbook taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit. Classified “Restricted”, the manual was declassified and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less