Smokin’ Tigers Book Review
|Date of Review||October 2022||Title||Smokin’ Tigers|
|Author||Michael Grove, Angelo Romano||Publisher||Ginter Books|
|Format||124 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$49.95|
Michael Grove and Angelo Romano methodically chronicle “Reconnaissance Attack Squadron ONE (RVAH-1)” in Smokin’ Tigers – no. 307 in Ginter Books’ lavishly illustrated “Squadron Histories” range.
After a “Brief History of the [U.S.] Navy’s Composite Squadrons in the Heavy Attack Role”, text charts the unit’s evolution from the launch of antecedent “Heavy Attack Squadron ONE” (VAH-1) in 1955 through the disestablishment of RVAH-1 in 1979.
The former claims distinction as the first USN jet-powered, nuclear-capable, carrier-borne squadron.
Two Cold War assets clearly command center stage in Ginter’s picture-packed production: the Douglas A3D-1 Skywarrior and North American R/A-5 Vigilante. But contemporaries like Lockheed’s P2V Neptune and Grumman’s F9F-6 Cougar also play supporting parts.
Authors season their survey with hundreds of color and B&W shots – most in shipboard settings. So if you’re seeking diorama ideas, look here.
How about, for instance, that precariously perched RA-5C on USS Enterprise’s catwalk after an April 1978 “mishap”?
Dozens of excellent color profiles with unit badge plates supplement photos. A chapter on A-5 Vigilante details will certainly satisfy AMS sufferers. And personnel notes, cruise commentary, tables, and extended, explanatory captions further support the study.
With thanks to Ginter Books!