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By Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter
747 is the exciting tale in the back of "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as informed by means of Joe Sutter, the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its layout and building. Sutter's bright narrative takes us again to a time whilst American know-how used to be state-of-the-art and jet trip used to be nonetheless glamorous and new. With wit and heat, he provides an insider's experience of the bigger than life-size personalities—and the tensions—in the aeronautical international.
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ATG-1 included both VF-111 and VF-52, and their F9F-2/2Bs, within its ranks. The ship had reached Yokosuka, Japan, on 4 December, and the next day a pilot from each squadron was sent over to Essex to fly a series of familiarisation combat missions. By 8 December CV-45 was on station, and it commenced operations against the rail networks in the northeastern sector of North Korea. com F9F-2 BuNo 123583 23583 of VF-151, USS Boxerr (CVA-21), July 1953 33 46 F9F-5 BuNo 125644 of VF-111, USS Lake Champlain n (CVA-39), July 1953 32 F9F-5 BuNo 126652 of VF-153, USS Princeton (CVA-37), May 1953 31 A Panther from VF-112 makes a perfect approach on short finals for recovery back aboard Philippine Sea after a long mission over North Korea in early 1952.
With radar tracking the communist aircraft as they approached from that direction, there was little doubt that these were Soviet MiGs. There was real fear at the highest levels of US and UN command that an ‘incident’ between US and Soviet forces such as this one could change the ‘police action’ of Korea into World War 3. After cautioning Williams to tell no one about the fight, Vice Adm Robert P Briscoe, Commander Naval Forces Far East, informed him that the National Security Agency (NSA) had a team aboard the cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) that had recorded all Russian radio traffic leading up to and during the fight.
The carrier deployed with ATG-2 embarked, its two F9F-2 squadrons being VF-23 and VF-821. The latter unit had seen combat in Korea in F4U-4s 12 months earlier, flying alongside VF-23 from Princeton with CVG-19. ATG-2 records show that the ship did not leave Subic Bay until mid-July, and that the first combat missions were flown on the 19th of that month. A total of 16 photo-reconnaissance sorties were flown that day by F2H-2Ps escorted by F9F-2s, but it was not until 1 August that the first full group-strength missions began.
747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation by Jay Spenser, Joe Sutter