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F3H Demon in
Detail & Scale
**********F9F Cougar in Detail & Scale
Revised Edition

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F2H Banshee in
Detail & Scale, Pt. 1

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SBD Dauntless in
Detail & Scale

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F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale
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F4F & FM Wildcat in Detail & Scale
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F-8 & RF-8 Crusader in Detail & Scale
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F/A-18E &
F/A-18F Super Hornet in Detail & Scale

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F6F Hellcat
in Detail & Scale

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F-100 Super Sabre
in Detail & Scale

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F9C Sparrowhawk Historical Photos:

 

This set consists of ten historical photographs, nine from the Naval History and Heritage Command, and one from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, that show the XF9C-1 and the production F9C-2s as they appeared while in service with the United States Navy.  The Sparrowhawk was a unique aircraft in its operational service, but its design and features, except for its skyhook, were very typical of military aircraft of its time period.

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This photograph of the XF9C-1, taken on April 27, 1931, shows that the lower wing was mounted four inches lower than on subsequent Sparrowhawks.  The original shapes of the tail surfaces are also visible.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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The XF9C-1 prototype was used for tests with USS LOS ANGELES and then with USS AKRON as shown here in this photograph taken in May 1932.  The original design of the landing gear is also visible in this view.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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Although found unsuitable for carrier operations, the F9C-2s could be fitted with an arresting hook and did actually operate aboard carriers on occasion. When not being used for carrier operations, the arresting hook was removed.  (U. S. Navy photo via National Museum of Naval Aviation)

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BuNo. 9056 is shown here as it appeared on May 16, 1932.  Note the lack of any insignia fuselage or any colors on the tail.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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F9C-2, BuNo. 9059, is stowed in the hangar bay of USS AKRON in 1932.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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Now sporting a fuselage band, an insignia on the fuselage, and red, white, and blue stripes on the tail, a Sparrowhawk hooks on to the trapeze aboard USS MACON in 1933.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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Lt. Harold B. Miller from the USS MACON displays his F9C-2 at Newton, Iowa, in 1933.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command

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In this photograph, notice the different colors of the cowlings (red, blue, and white from left to right).  These same colors are used for the stripes on top of the upper wings.  In this case the red, white, and blue stripes on the tails are still in use, but these later gave way to solid red tails as seen in the next two photographs.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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This interesting photograph shows how the tail section has been painted solid red, but the former red, white, and blue stripes still show through.  Note the antenna wires running from the tail to the wings and fuselage.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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Three of the F9C-2s fly over the huge hangar at Moffett Field, California, where USS MACON was based.  The final paint scheme and markings used on Sparrowhawks are shown here.  (U. S. Navy photo via Naval History and Heritage Command)

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F-100 Super Sabre in Detail & Scale

Detail & Scale Special Edition Books


U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier-Based Aircraft of World War II
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JET FIGHTERS
OF THE U. S. NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
PART 1: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
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Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan Awakens a Sleeping Giant

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Colors & Markings Series


Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 1: Atlantic
Coast Squadrons
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Colors & Markings of the F-102
Delta Dagger

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Colors & Markings of U. S. Navy
F-14 Tomcats,
Part 2: Pacific
Coast Squadrons

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