BOOKs: Title: "NADU The Forgotten Naval Air Development Unit of NAS South Weymouth" by John C. Yaney..." Contributed by Marc FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. email@example.com [27NOV2011]
John Yaney has completed a comprehensive illustrated history of NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts Naval Air Development Unit (NADU). I have attached a small image file showing the book's cover. John's book is available in hard cover and soft cover versions. The book was self-published and is not available in stores. A link to order the book on-line can be found on the "geedunk" page of the VP Association web site at http://www.vpassociation.org.
BOOKs: Title: "The Minutemen of VP-92: The Story of New England's Naval Air Reserve Patrol Squadron" by Marc FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. firstname.lastname@example.org (Marc Frattasio has also authored: "The New Haven Railroad in the McGinnis Era" and "New Haven Railroad - Dining on the Shore Line Route" http://www.gis.net/~fm/). Squadrons and Naval Air Stations (history, pictures, etc.) include: Naval Air Development Unit, NAS Brunswick, Maine, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, NAS Squantum, Massachusetts, VP-11Z-4, VP-63-Z1, VP-63-Z2,VP-63-Z3, VP/VPB-92, VP-911, VP-912, VP-913, VP-914, VP-915, VP-916, VP-917, VP-919, VP-ML-69, ZP-11 and ZJ-1. The book is 203 pages long and features 216 illustrations. It is really much more than just a history of VP-92, though of course this is the primary focus. Basically, the book provides a good summary history of the entire Naval Air Reserve maritime patrol in New England covering NAS Squantum, Massachusetts, NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and NAS Brunswick, Maine, the WW2 era VP-92/VPB-92, and VP-92's Naval Air Reserve patrol squadron predecessors (VP-911, etc.) as well as VP-92. At the present time the book is only available via the Internet on http://www.lulu.com/content/757344. Copies can be purchased on-line through the link referenced above using a credit card. You can also get more information about the book and review a few of its pages via http://www.lulu.com/content/757344. [05APR2007]
"...An expanded second edition of the VP-92 book, "The Minutemen of VP-92" is now available..." Contributed by Marc FRATTASIO, AW1 Marc "Frat" J. email@example.com [18FEB2008]
The second edition features 303 pages and 451 photographs (the first edition had "only" 203 pages and 216 photographs), more sea stories, coverage of the decommissioning ceremony and events, and is available in hard cover for the first time as well as in soft cover.
As was the case with the first edition, the second edition of the VP-92 book is not available in bookstores and can only be obtained on-line directly from the printer. You can obtain a copy of the softcover version at http://www.lulu.com/content/757344 while the hardcover version can be obtained at http://www.lulu.com/content/1922535.
Please pass the word to all your VP-92 friends. Also, if you have not already done so, please pass your contact information on to Herb Tallent at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can add you to his VP Patrol Association mailing list.
BOOKs: Quonset Point Naval Air Station "Gem of the Atlantic" and Quonset Point Naval Air Station "Volume II - VJ Day to Vietnam" by Sean Paul Milligan email@example.com WebSite: http://www.angelfire.com/fl/jetsr4kids/ [Updated 30NOV2004 | 20NOV99 | 06MAR99]
Title: Quonset Point Naval Air Station: Gem of the Atlantic
Title: Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Volume II
Squadrons, NAS, etc. mentioned: VP-6(CG), VP-7, VP-8, VP-11, VP-21, VP-24, VP-49, VP-52, VP-82, VB-125, VB-126, VS-22, VS-24, VS-27, VS-30, VS-31, VS-32, VS-34, VS-39, VS-42, VS-913, CASU-22, FASRON-101, FASRON-103, NADU, VJ-2, VJ-4, VJ-15, VU-2, VU-4, VU-5, VX-1, VX-3, VX-4, VC-2, VC-4, VC-12, VC-31, VC-33, VT-1, VT-8, VAW-12, VAW-33, VR-22, FAW-3, FAW-5, FAW-7, and FAW-9.
The works of Aviation Historian Sean Paul Milligan
SGT USMC RET
Sean Paul Milligan is a well-known military historian and speaker whose articles have appeared in the Providence Journal, Naval Aviation News, The Hook, Wings of Gold, and Leatherneck. His career in aviation began at age 14 when he flew as a Cadet in the Civil Air patrol. A former Marine, Milligan has made a lifelong study of Naval Aviation and is the historian for the Quonset Air museum. Mr. Milligan is currently producing a PBS documentary on NAS Quonset Point, RI.
Praise for books by Sean Paul Milligan
A few years ago, a friend of mine was asking for photographs for a book on NAS Quonset Point. That book is now available from the author and it is a real gem. The 128 page, 6 1/2" x 9 1/4" book is just full of photographs detailing the history of the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point. First built in 1941, the air station was homebase for many of the seaplane squadrons that fought the battle of the Atlantic. It was also homeport for several carrier airwings that embarked upon the many 'jeep' carriers who were tasked with convoy protection. The book then goes on to discuss the many classified projects undertaken during the war including Quonset's major involvement in developing a Naval night fighter.
Postwar saw the drawdown of units and ships, but Quonset was set to enter the jet age and there are several good photographs of early jets. Quonset Point was renowned for the Naval Air Rework Facility there and its specialization in reciprocating engines. There are numerous photographs of F4U Corsairs, A-1 Skyraiders, and other prop aircraft that went through the station. It was this specialization in prop aircraft that spelled the final demise of Quonset Point. When the services finally phased out the round-motored aircraft, there was no more need for the rework facility. Quonset Point finally closed in 1974; chopped by Richard Nixon as part of the drawdown after Vietnam.
Sean Milligan's book is page after page of quality black and white photographs. Other than photo captions and the introduction, there is very little verbiage. It is the over 200 superb photographs that make the book. Want photos of J2F Ducks for your next kit? How about Hellcat nightfighters, EA-1 Skyraiders, S-2A's, TBM-3Ws, AF-2's, and the rare TBY Seawolf. They are all here and more. How about a good photo of a 1950 Chevrolet pickup as used by base security complete with fender mounted siren? A little esoteric, but this is the strength of this book.
Highly recommended for USN enthusiasts everywhere. The letter that came with the book mentions another on threat, adversary, target and utility squadrons. I hope it is either available or in work. Buy this book!
"...A little gem..." Journal - American Aviation Historical SocietyBOTH BOOKS ARE $18.99 each plus $3.01 each for mailing (Total: $22.00)
"...Excellent..." William T. Larkins, Founder - Author of U. S. Navy Aircraft 1921-1941
"..Nifty, well-researched..." Wings of Gold
"...Pictures are outstanding...informative captions...A good book to have around..." Captain Dick Knott, USN (RET)
"...The Quonset book is excellent..." R. C. Sturtivant - I.S.O. - Author of The Squadrons Of The Fleet Air Arm
"...This book belongs in your library..." Naval Aviation News - Commander Peter Mersky, USNR (Retired)
"...Super...great photos and captions..." The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum - Stan Piet, Executive Director
"...Extensive and detailed...an extraordinary archive..." Air Classics
"...Gem of a book...highly recommended..." The Hook
"...Jam packed...with rare and historical photographs..." Gosport - Chief Art Giberson, USN (Retired)
"...A nostalgic look at Naval Aviation..." United States Naval Institute - Proceedings Commander J. Cutler, USN (Retired)
"...Surprises...lively...chronicles 'hallowed ground' of Quonset Point..." The Providence Journal-Bulletin - Gerry Goldstein
"...Quonset Point Naval Air Station is for you..." Atlantic Flyer
"...An awesome tribute...I recommend it strongly to anyone even remotely associated with U. S carrier based warfare..." Military - Major Dominic J Caraccilo.
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