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Dark sky, black sea : aircraft carrier night and all-weather operations
Brown, Charles H., 1929-
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Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

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x, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A veteran naval aviator describes the extraordinary efforts of carrier combat units that fly and fight at night and under adverse weather conditions.

Author Notes

Charles H. Brown, a 1952 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, began flying from carriers in 1955. His first tour as a naval aviator was in VC-35, the only night-attack unit in the Pacific Fleet at that time. During his twenty-three-year flying career, Brown also served with VX-5, a test and tactics development squadron, where he acted as project pilot and helped direct tests concerned with night and all-weather attack tactics and airplanes. He served as executive and commanding officer of the A-4 squadron VA-112 during the Vietnam War, participating in two deployments of combat flying.
Brown retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain in 1973, but continued to work in aviation as an operations analyst with the U.S. Marine Corps and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Capt. Richard E. Harmer, USN (Ret.)
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Prologuep. 1
1 Early Carrier Night and All-Weather Operationsp. 5
2 World War IIp. 12
3 Postwar Transitionp. 41
4 The Korean War Yearsp. 54
5 Carrier Night and All-Weather Operations Maturep. 84
6 A New Era for Carrier Night and All-Weather Operationsp. 126
7 The Vietnam Warp. 146
8 The Cold War Continuesp. 182
9 The Persian Gulf Warp. 204
Epiloguep. 217
Appendix A Description of Carrier Airplanesp. 221
Appendix B Performance of Carrier Airplanesp. 224
Notesp. 225
Glossaryp. 231
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 239