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BEFORE THERE WERE CATS & THE MALIGNED BREWSTER BUFFALO Before There Were Cats This publication features two military aviation articles by noted historian Barrett Tillman. During World War II,...

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Before There Were Cats & The Maligned Brewster Buffalo
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BEFORE THERE WERE CATS & THE MALIGNED BREWSTER BUFFALO Before There Were Cats This publication features two military aviation articles by noted historian Barrett Tillman. During World War II, the U.S. Navy presented Grumman Aircraft Corporation with a commendation, commenting, "The name Grumman on a plane has the same meaning that sterling has on silver".

The company's BEFORE THERE WERE CATS & THE MALIGNED BREWSTER BUFFALO Before There Were Cats This publication features two military aviation articles by noted historian Barrett Tillman. During World War II, the U.S. Navy presented Grumman Aircraft Corporation with a commendation, commenting, "The name Grumman on a plane has the same meaning that sterling has on silver".

The company's products—most significantly the F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat fighters—were vital to victory in the Pacific from 1942 through 1945. But the Long Island firm's reputation dated from a decade before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout the 1930s, Grumman delivered a succession of increasingly capable carrier aircraft that pointed the way to victory in the forthcoming war.

Though the biplane fighters predated the feline names of later Grumman aircraft, the company steadily gained the navy's confidence for rugged, reliable aircraft. Many of the World War II generation of naval aviators learned their trade in the FF, F2F, and F3F designs before the monoplane F4F appeared in 1940. While the "pre-cats" were built in small numbers owing to limited peacetime budgets, Grumman's corporate culture was established on those fabric-covered wings.

The artisans who produced the biplanes of the 1930s set an example for the industrial capacity of the 1940s, with war-winning results that could hardly have been conceivable during the Great Depression. Barrett Tillman's "Before There Were Cats" is partly based on research in Grumman archives during the 1970s. The Maligned Brewster Buffalo Among the most criticized aircraft in U.S. military history is the Brewster F2A Buffalo.

Its disastrous combat in Marine Corps service during the Battle of Midway in June 1942 seemingly doomed the rotund fighter to eternal damnation, even though that 15-minute contest was the type's only significant action in American service. Naval aviation historian Barrett Tillman steps back to offer a reasoned assessment of the Buffalo, contrasting its miserable reputation with the context of its use. The time, place, and circumstances of the Midway battle have seldom been examined amid the conventional wisdom that consigns the F2A to history's scrapheap.

Moreover, Tillman examines the Buffalo in foreign service, including little-known arenas as far flung as British use in Asia, the Dutch East Indies, and most particularly in Finland. In each of those venues, the Buffalo and its export variants proved far more capable than the Midway debacle indicated. Citing individual pilots from the British Commonwealth and Finland, Tillman builds a case for "rehabilitating" the Brewster's reputation, almost in a Stalinist sense.

In examining the Buffalo's U.S. Navy service, the author notes that the type had its advocates who enjoyed its performance in flight. The F2A's major failing, he contends, was suitability for aircraft carriers, as the spindly landing gear posed problems.

In this refreshing reassessment, a widely damned subject emerges from seven decades of contempt, earning more respect than it has yet received.


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