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Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Gem of the Atlantic, by Sean Paul
Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Volume ll 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
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!
American Aviation Historical Society JOURNAL '... a little
"...excellent...". William T Larkins, Founder.
Author of U. S. NAVY AIRCRAFT 1921-1941.
WINGS OF GOLD ' ..nifty, well-researched..... 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
NAVAL AVIATION NEWS "This book belongs in your library". Commander
Peter Mersky USNR (RET)
THE GLENN L MARTIN AVIATION MUSEUM ' ... super...great photos and
captions". Stan Piet, Executive Director.
AIR CLASSICS "..extensive and detailed..." "...an extraordinary
THE HOOK "...Gem of a book" ...highly recommended..."
GOSPORT ".. jam packed...with rare and historical photographs... Chief
Art Giberson USN (RET)
United States Naval Institute PROCEEDINGS "...a nostalgic look at Naval
Aviation..." Commander J Cutler , USN (RET)
THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN "...surprises..."
"chronicles 'hallowed ground' of Quonset Point". Gerry Goldstein
ATLANTIC FLYER '...'Quonset Point Naval Air Station' is for you".
MILITARY "An awesome tribute". I recommend it strongly to
anyone even remotely associated with U. S carrier based warfare... Major
Dominic J Caraccilo.