Fly Navy: Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm Since 1945 - Ray WilliamsShrewsbury: Airlife Publications, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; 2-column text; Appendix;
From the cover: “Fly Navy provides detailed histories of the development and operational service of each of the aircraft types that entered service with the Fleet Air Arm after the end of the Second World War. It also includes all the naval aircraft that reached prototype stage but, for various reasons, failed to enter service. The slogan ‘Fly Navy’ became synonymous with the Fleet Air Arm’s campaign to retain operational fixed wing flying following the cancellation of the new aircraft carriers (CVA-01) in 1966. These carriers had been intended to replace the Royal Navy’s ageing existing carriers Ark Royal, Eagle, Hermes and Victorious. Fortunately common sense prevailed and V/STOL Sea Harriers were ordered for the Fleet Air Arm to operate from the new relatively small Invincible class antisubmarine carriers; without them the British Task Force would have almost certainly failed to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982. With the aircraft featured in chronological order, based on their in service date, Fly Navy provides a progressive history of the post war Fleet Air Arm. It describes the roles the various types have played in the many campaigns around the world, ranging from Korea through Suez to the Falklands, that have occurred since the end of the Second World War. The book contains nearly 200 superb photographs, usually showing the aircraft in their correct environment. In addition, there are excellent three view scale drawings of each of the aircraft types.”