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Fly Navy: Discovering the Extraordinary People and Enduring Spirit of Naval Aviation

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Top Gun was only part of the story. Fly Navydelves beyond the Hollywood image toreveal the true mettle and genuine story of the elite men and women of naval aviation.

For one hundred years, the U.S. Navy’s aviators and crews have made the difference on military and peacetime missions around the world. Their unparalleled skill, preparation, and everyday dedication have paid
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Paul Pessolano
In reviewing this book I must admit to being prejudice. I am ex-Navy and was assigned to a Fighter Squadon (VA-106), and flew off of the carriers USS Shangri-La, USS Intrepid, and USS Saratoga.

Withstanding my prejudice, if every person who wanted to serve in the Armed Forces read this book they would all enlist in the US Navy.

Townley not only gives a history of Naval Aviation but gives the reader a close up look into the operations aboard a carrier. He shows the unbelievable co-opeation and coor
Zohar -
“Fly Navy: Dis­cov­er­ing the Extra­or­di­nary Peo­ple and Endur­ing Spirit of Naval Avi­a­tion” by Alvin Town­ley is a non-fiction book about the real world adven­tures of peo­ple in the US Navy. The book focuses on real peo­ple and real stories.

The book is divided into five parts; Home Port, The Atlantic, The Ara­bian Sea, The East­ern Seas, and The Pacific. Each of these parts is dev­ided into more descrip­tive sections.

For exam­ple, Home Port actu­ally talks about the begin­ning of the Navy'
Fly Navy is a great introduction to, well, flying in the Navy. Not too focused on any one subject, it offers a broad view of Naval Aviation, and was enjoyable enough to recommend to those who are Navy or military personnel, like reading about the military or are interested in a Navy or aviation career. Not overly technical, the author does a decent job of telling personal stories in a compressed format. The chapters are broken down subjectively, and cover different aspects of Navyation (it's a w ...more
Steve Silbiger
Alvin has written another great book! Strongly recommend for anyone interested in our armed forces.
This book was a fast, feel-good read about the Naval aviation community. It includes some interesting stories and describes a whole host of aviation-related jobs that today's sailors fulfill, but does not really take the reader any deeper than a surface-level appreciation for how "cool" modern Naval aviation is. Since it is an easy read, it will be a fun read for any aviation enthusiast.
Kathleen Ruttum
Selfishly I wish there had been more about female aviators, but a great read nonetheless. Washington Post just reviewed the book about the Admirals...should be a good companion piece.
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