I recently purchased this book after looking at a link in the Nep Lex Facebook group (another reason to join FB and the Group if you haven’t already). It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to the National Naval Aviation Museum and I thought it would be a good book to have at the coffee table.
I couldn’t be happier with this purchase, now granted I like all airplanes but I’ve got a special place in my heart for Naval Aviation.
The National Naval Aviation Museum: The Aircraft, is a 164 page color photo guide to most, if not all of the aircraft on display not only inside the Museum but, to my surprise and delight, displayed outdoors on their ramp as well.
Each page contains a color photo of the aircraft as its displayed in the Museum as well as a few pictures of the type as it appeared in service. I’m not a photog by any stretch but the photos are absolutely beautiful!
There’s a brief description of the aircraft and the role it played in the story of Naval Aviation. My favorite part of the book is the description of the individual aircraft history not many Museum book do that and this is one of the few. There’s also a small section for each aircraft containing the performance and specifications.
The book covers the entire gambit of Naval Aviation history from the beginning through both World Wars, The Cold War, Korea, Vietnam Desert Storm and many others. There’s a fascinating section that details aircraft current undergoing restoration at the Museum that made me wish they took more photos there :)
My ONLY nitpick is the picture of the F-16N to open the Vietnam War section of the book. The F-16N isn’t a Vietnam War era aircraft but hey, it in no way detracts from the book (I’m just kind of being a nerd here).
The National Naval Aviation Museum: The Aircraft, would also serve as a great reference for taking the Museum’s virtual tour.
The book is available for purchase, from the Museum’s Flight Deck Store for $15.00. A darn good value in my opinion AND you get to help the Museum.
If you like aviation in general (and especially Naval Aviation) I can’t recommend this book enough. The National Naval Aviation Museum: The Aircraft is a welcome addition to my collection.