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COM 048 US Navy A-7 Corsair II Units of the Vietnam War

COM 048 US Navy A-7 Corsair II Units of the Vietnam War
Autor: Peter Mersky • Norman W Birzer
Data publikacji: 2004-09-23
ISBN: 9781841767314
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 96
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Arriving on station with the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in early December 1967, the first Corsair II squadron became operational immediatedly and sustained its first combat loss three weeks later. This book tells how the A-7 soon proved its worth supporting ground operations in South Vietnam. As it continued to serve in the ground support role, the navy swiftly introduced the A-7E which soon ran into difficulties with supply lines - perhaps on account of what many perceived to have been a rushed introduction to service. Once these teething problems were resolved, the A-7E became the primary air-to-ground aircraft of the fleet.

The A-7 · Introduction to Combat, 1967-1968 · Mid-War Slowdown, 1969-1970 · Linebackers and Other Sportsmen, 1971-1975

Peter Mersky is a former US Navy commander who won the highest naval award for journalism following the publication of F-8 Crusader Units of the Vietnam War and RF-8 Crusader Units over Korea and Vietnam (Combat Aircraft 7 and 12). He was the assistant editor, then editor of Approach, the Navy and Marine Corps aviation safety magazine, for 16 years and he has also reviewed more than 400 books on military aviation. Peter has now retired from service and is a full-time aviation writer.

Norman Birzer received his Naval Aviator wings in 1968 and flew with the ‘Argonauts’ of VA-147 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. He made two combat cruises to Vietnam in the USS America (CVA-66) and USS Constellation (CVA-64). As the squadron Weapons Training Officer, he was intimately involved in planning tactical strategies for many important combat missions in 1971-72. He later managed reserve Corsair II squadrons on the West Coast, and served a joint-staff tour in Germany as an anti-terrorism staff officer. Retiring from the Navy in 1987, Norman began a 15-year airline career with American Airlines, retiring as a Boeing 767 International Captain in New York. Since then he has directed the Wings of Freedom Airshow in Frederick, Maryland, where he resides with his wife Carol.

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