U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft, 1920-2020 is uniquely told from the point of view of the Navy, as understood through its previously-classified documents. Spanning a century from the earliest airplanes conceived to operate from U.S. carriers in 1920, to the current F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Both the requirements and the available technology kept changing. In many cases the Navy drove the technology. Norman Friedman is the first to take the requirements and the available technology into account to explain the choices the Navy made. The airplanes the Navy bought were always designers' attempts to meet specific demands set by the kind of warfare the Navy expected. The reader sees Navy successes and failures in guessing at the future. This is a unique way to understand the panoply of airplanes the Navy has relied on through the years, and why some succeeded but others failed.
About the Author
Norman Friedman is a defense analyst and historian specializing in the intersection between policy, strategy, and technology. He has published more than forty books, including an award-winning history of the Cold War, The Fifty-Year War, a history of the impact of war-gaming at the Naval War College on the successful U.S. Navy strategy against Japan in World War II; a history of naval fighter aircraft; and design histories of many U.S. and British warships.