Modern USMC Air Power
Aircraft and Units of the 'Flying Leathernecks'
Imprint: Harpia Publishing
256 Pages, 8.3 x 11 in, Fully Illustrated
- December 2020
- In Stock
While some of these transitions, like that of the KC-130T to KC-130J and AH-1W to AH-1Z, have been incremental, evolutionary steps up, others like the tandem-rotor CH-46 Sea Knight to the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey and the introduction of the F-35 Lightning II to replace all three of the Marine Corps’ tactical jets have revolutionized the way the service fights. In addition to introducing newer, vastly more capable and connected aircraft into its air wings, the Marine Corps has also invested heavily in keeping its remaining legacy fleets at the cutting edge of lethality and survivability throughout the final days of each type’s service.
Utilizing a before-and-after approach, Copalman guides the reader through every transition in Modern USMC Air Power, examining what each legacy aircraft brought to the fight, and how the service’s newer platforms have improved upon those capabilities, especially when aided by new constructs like precision-guided ordnance and digital interoperability.
"The depth and breadth of Mr. Copalman’s research for this volume are impressive. Based on dozens of personal interviews with active duty, retired and former Marines, as well as publicly available official Marine Corps sources, the book captures the present state and future direction of Marine Corps aviation admirably." ~Naval Historical Foundation
"...Joe Copalman’s solid, 256-page opus superbly surveys the subject’s past two decades in 15 lavishly illustrated chapters." ~Cybermodeler
"Aviation enthusiasts will love them [the images] I am certain, and modellers will also like them for the clear detail they offer as references." ~Military Model Scene
"This book is timely, well-written, and informative. For those interested in Marine aviation and its role in the US military, it is well worth the time to read." ~Air & Space Power History
"...one of the most comprehensive literary studies of U.S. Marine Corps airpower published in the last 20 years." ~Aviation Digest