|U.S. Naval Air Superiority
Tommy H. Thomason ’66
Specialty Press, 2008
U.S. Naval Air Superiority: Development of Shipborne Jet Fighters, 1943-1962, profiles the turbulent design and development stage of the Navy’s carrier-based jet fighter program. From the successful designs, such as the Fury, Banshee, Crusader, and Phantom II, to the also-rans, like the Fireball, Demon, Pirate, and Cutlass, the Navy’s needs are measured against contractor and political demands and the limits of the evolving engine and aerodynamic technologies of the day. The book describes how the Navy was able to make the difficult transition from propeller-driven aircraft to high-performance, carrier-based jet fighters.
Tommy Thomason ’66, a retired aeronautical engineer and general aviation pilot, writes books and monographs on U.S. Navy aircraft.