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United States Naval Aviation 1910-2010 

by Mark L. Evans and Roy A. Grossnick, 2015, ISBN 978-0-945274-87-2 (hardback, two volumes)

Cover of United States Naval Aviation, navy blue with gold lettering

With nearly 1,300 pages comprising the set, the free PDFs have been broken up into 23 smaller sections: by chapter for Volume I and by part for Volume II.

United States Naval Aviation 1910–2010 is the fifth and final hardbound edition of the series, which was initiated in 1960. That first issue celebrated the first 50 years of United States naval aviation and this two-volume set commemorates the centenary. Previous editions have proved an invaluable first-stop research tool to aviation, naval, and military historians. This edition breaks U.S. naval aviation history into two volumes: Chronology and Statistics. Both have greatly increased content over the previous edition beyond simply including years not previously covered. New and expanded research make these the definitive volumes on U.S. naval aviation’s first century.

Volume I

Front Matter              
Information on Photographs
Preface
Acknowledgments
Glossary

Chapter 1, A Few Pioneers 1898–1916
Chapter 2, Test of Strength 1917–1919
Chapter 3, The Roaring Twenties 1920–1929
Chapter 4, The Great Depression 1930–1939
Chapter 5, World War II 1940–1945
Chapter 6, The Cold War 1946–1949
Chapter 7, The Korean War 1950–1953
Chapter 8, The New Navy 1954–1959
Chapter 9, On the Brink 1960–1969
Chapter 10, Defeat and Decline 1970–1979
Chapter 11, The 600-Ship Navy 1980–1989
Chapter 12, From the Sea 1990–1999
Chapter 13, The Dawn of the Twenty-first Century 2000–2010

Index
Aircraft by Designation
Aircraft by Name
Missiles and Rockets
Ships
U.S. Military Units
Individuals
General

Volume II

Front Matter        
Preface
Acknowledgments
Glossary

Part I: Aircraft
Chapter 1, Aircraft Designations and Popular Names
Chapter 2, Combat Aircraft Procured
Chapter 3, Transport and Training Aircraft Procured
Chapter 4, Helicopters and Tiltrotor V/STOL Aircraft Procured
Chapter 5, Drones and Missiles Procured
Chapter 6, Aircraft on Hand
Chapter 7, Naval Aircraft Bureau (Serial) Numbers

Part II: Personnel
Chapter 8, History of the Naval Aviator and Designations and Numbers
Chapter 9, Evolution of Naval Wings (Breast Insignia)
Chapter 10, Aviation Ratings
Chapter 11, Aviation Personnel on Active Duty
Chapter 12, Medal of Honor Awards in Naval Aviation
Chapter 13, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aces
Chapter 14, Early Naval Jet Pilots
Chapter 15, Early Helicopter Pilots
Chapter 16, Naval Astronauts
Chapter 17, Naval Aviation Hall of Honor
Chapter 18, Gray Eagle Award
Chapter 19, Honorary Naval Aviator Designations
Chapter 20, Navy and Marine Corps Air Stations and Fields Named for Aviators

Part III: Units
Chapter 21, Aviation Commands
Chapter 22, Evolution of Carrier Air Groups and Wings
Chapter 23, Squadron Designations and Abbreviations
Chapter 24, Current Squadron Lineage
Chapter 25, Visual Identification System (Tail Codes)

Part IV: Ships
Chapter 26, Aviation Ships
Chapter 27, Ships Named for Naval Aviators

Part V: Deployments
Chapter 28, Post–World War II Carrier Deployments by Year
Chapter 29, Post-Korean War Amphibious Assault Ship Deployments by Year
Chapter 30, Carrier and Squadron Deployments During the Korean War
Chapter 31, Carrier and Squadron Deployments to Vietnam

Part VI: Operations
Chapter 32, Grenada Combat Operations
Chapter 33, Squadrons Involved in Libyan Operations
Chapter 34, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Chapter 35, Operation Desert Fox
Chapter 36, Operation Enduring Freedom Phase I
Chapter 37, Operation Iraqi Freedom Phase I

Part VII: Other Actions
Chapter 38, Navy and Marine Corps Shoot Downs Since 1950
Chapter 39, Cold War Incidents Involving U.S. Navy Aircraft

Published:Tue May 10 10:23:35 EDT 2016