The Fairey Gannet is a very bizarre-looking plane in the air and is
definitely in the running for ugliest carrier airplane. But like a car
accident you just can't help staring, and this book will definitely have
you staring a lot. Designed as a carrier-borne ASW platform, the Gannet
was Fairey's first step into the world of twin-engined ASW airplanes.
By mounting two engines back to back and having them drive counter-rotating
propellers, Fairey was able to get the contract for the fleet ASW platform
and production of the Gannet commenced.
This latest Warpaint title takes a hard look at the Gannet from its
earliest days on through to the final hours. Royal Navy service consumes
most of the book, but the Gannet in Australian, German and Indonesian
navies are also covered. The well-written text is accompanied by a large
number of excellent photos, both in color and in black & white. Dozens
of color profiles and a center pull-out with 1/72 scale drawings round
out this book.
While the Gannet may not exactly be a pretty plane, it was an effective
one and served with great distinction. This book does an excellent job
of showing off this odd plane and if you're planning on building the Dynavector
1/48 Gannet or perhaps the 1/72 Magna Models kit, definitely pick this