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Sea Fury From The Cockpit

Sea Fury From The Cockpit Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2012 Title Sea Fury From The Cockpit
Author Alan J. Leahy Publisher Ad Hoc Publications
Published 2010 ISBN 978 0 946958 73 3
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £17.95


Widely considered among history’s ultimate piston-engine fighter designs, the lithe and lovely Sea Fury remains a perennial favorite of modelers everywhere.

And the 12th installment in AD HOC’s celebrated “From the Cockpit” series offers excellent inspiration for your next kit of Hawker’s timeless thoroughbred.

Principally from personal perspectives, author Alan J. Leahy and 11 other contributors outline Sea Fury development and operations.  Contents include 172 black-and-white photos, 33 superb color artworks, and several remarkable reminiscences.  I especially enjoyed the book’s Korean War accounts.  Interesting!

But coverage concentrates on the aircraft in Commonwealth service – and lists squadrons, commission dates, and commanding officers.  So don’t expect details of, say, Cuban machines in Bay of Pigs combat – or color profiles of Egyptian and Iraqi Sea Furies.

None of that, however, detracts from this terrific tome.  And Fleet Air Arm enthusiasts will certainly consider this absorbing effort an admirable addition to their libraries.

Strongly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Ad Hoc Publications for this review sample!