Cybermodeler Online

Celebrating 21 years of hobby news and reviews

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:

  • modelrectifier.com
  • culttvmanshop.com
  • hobbyzone.biz
  • horizon-models.com
  • luckymodel.com
  • zoukeimura.co.jp
  • hobbyzone.biz
  • tankraft.com
  • stores.ebay.com/tacairhobbies

Notice: The appearance of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, or NASA imagery or art does not constitute an endorsement nor is Cybermodeler Online affiliated with these organizations.

FOLLOW US:

  • Facebook
  • Parler
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Flickr
  • YouTube

Wave-Off

Wave-Off Book Review

By Davd L. Veres

Date of Review April 2017 Title Wave-Off
Author Robert "Boom" Powell Publisher Specialty Press
Published 2017 ISBN 9781580072519
Format 192 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $39.95

Review

Don't let the title fool you: Wave-Off! from Specialty Press is far more than just "A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings".

Far more.

Sure, author Robert "Boom" Powell charts the critical history, equipment and responsibilities of Landing Signal Officers – LSOs.

But through that LSO prism, Powell – a retired US Navy Commander – also traces the worldwide saga of carrier aviation itself.

And from nascent operations in World War I through maturity in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, to global force projection in today's powerful carrier battle groups, contents conspicuously – and competently – confirm that:

  • First Steps, 1918–1930
  • Flying at Sea
  • Practice, Prepare and Combat, 1931–1941
  • War in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, 1942–1945
  • Carriers Supreme, the Pacific, 1942–1945
  • New Roles, 1946–1955
  • Landing at Sea Revolution
  • Big Bombs, Supersonics and Super Carriers, 1956–1964
  • Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, 1965–1972
  • Flashpoints, 1973–Present

Hundreds of photos – B&W and color – and dozens of drawings illumine the account. Some action paintings, too.

How about those "flight deck" scale comparisons? And that eye-popping shot of HMS Ark Royal and USS Nimitz, side-by-side, in 1978? Can anyone say, "diorama"?

Extended captions and anecdotes further season the study. Scintillating sidebars also pepper Powell's proceedings. Check out those paddle-wheel Great Lakes training carriers!

An epilogue, glossary, annotations and index neatly round things out.

What a cool compendium. I enjoyed every page. And if you love carrier aviation, you will, too.

Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Specialty Press for this review sample!