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The Douglas AD Skyraider is considered the most effective naval aircraft of the Korean War despite the emergence of new jet fighters that captured public imagination. Built to replace the World War 2 workhorses like the Dauntless, Helldiver and Avenger diveand torpedo-bombers, the Skyraider operated numerous combat missions from carrier decks and from US Marine Corps land bases throughout the conflict. Drawing from personal interviews with AD pilots, the authors paint a harrowing picture of the deadly combat of this often forgotten air war as pilots took on Chinese and North Korean forces during daring night attacks and whilst outnumbered in daytime attacks.
Rick Burgess is the editor or co-author of four books on US naval aviation history (including Osprey's US Navy A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War). A retired US Navy lieutenant commander with more than 2900 flight hours in P-3C aircraft, he has since provided articles for a number of military magazines. Warren Thompson has been a military aviation historian for more than 40 years. He has had more than 30 books published (including 12 for Osprey), as well as numerous magazine articles. In 2011 he was recognised as ‘Contributor of the Year' for the Tailhook Association. Jim Laurier has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes.