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Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider Part 2

Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider Part 2 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2015 Title Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider Part 2
Author Steve Ginter Publisher Ginter Books
Published 2014 ISBN 9780989258364
Format 276 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $55.95


Ginter Books' superb study of the immortal Sandy continues with Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider Part Two – no. 99 in the publisher's acclaimed "Naval Fighters" series.

Like most of Steve Ginter's efforts, this one sports hundreds of photos and illustrations.  But whereas the first installment included extensive tech-manual excerpts and variant notes, Part Two exclusively chronicles active-duty US Navy squadron service.

Chapters cover, unit-by-unit, the total tale – both carrier and land-based.  After squadron historical notes, each recaps Skyraider service and – where applicable – combat.  Unit heraldry accompanies each section.  Listings detail detachments.  And aircraft shots – lots and lots of them – tincture text.

Lather, rinse and repeat through US Navy AD/A-1 units – all in astonishing detail.

Hobbyist?  Ginter's typical model section will follow, the author avers, in Part Three – along with coverage of USN reserve, USMC, USAF and international Skyraider use.

And therein lies this book's biggest disappointment: the third installment, Ginter reveals, "will not follow this volume directly and may not be addressed for a year or two".


Strongly recommended!

With thanks to Ginter Books!