Grumman Aircraft Since 1929 by Rene J. Francillon soon to be presented for sale on the terrific BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Jacket illustration: An original painting by Dugald Cameron of Grumman TBF-1s of VT-8 US Navy before the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: Although Grumman does not rank among the oldest United States aircraft manufacturers, having been founded in 1929, within a decade it was playing a vital role in supplying outstanding naval aircraft, and during the Second World War some 40 percent of the Royal Navys carrier-based aircraft were also supplied by Grumman.
In its early period Grumman produced a series of high-performance biplanes with retractable undercarriages but soon progressed to monoplanes, with the Wildcat, Hellcat and Avenger making important contributions to the Allied cause particularly in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres.
After the war Grumman further enhanced its position with naval jet fighters such as the Panther and Cougar. In more recent years the company has produced aeroplanes for almost every navy task requiring fixed-wing aeroplanes.
In parallel with its high-performance naval aircraft Grumman developed its range of amphibious flying-boats, the Widgeon, Goose, Mallard and Albatross, which have seen worldwide civil and military service.
For the business world Grumman produced the propeller-turbine Gulfstream and its jet-powered successors, while its Ag-Cat biplanes have filled an agricultural role.
This book traces the development and service histories of all Grummans aircraft from the earliest FF and SF biplanes up to todays F-14 Tomcat and the experimental X-29 with its forward-swept wing. A wide range of Grumman design projects is included.
Production lists and hundreds of photographs and drawings complete this outstanding review of one of the worlds great aircraft manufacturers and its products.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 584 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.