USS Coral Sea CVA-43 WESTPAC 61-62 cruise book case set

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 02, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
Original RARE US Navy two book set in a wood slipcase for USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Far East Cruise 1961-62 published by Toppan Printing Co in Japan. The wood slipcase has a paper label with three planes on it and a sunburst design in the corner and impressed title of "Carrir West". Slipcase is in good condition with moderate scuffing and wear to the front and some wood loss to one layer of wood as shown in photo 3. Inside the top loading slipcover are two matching softcover books. The first is titled "Carrier West Crew's Who USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Far East Cruise 1961-1962". Book is approximately 100 pages in length and pictures the sailor of each ships division and covers Carrier Air Group 15. CAG-15 was composed ov VF-151 Vigilantes flying F-3H Demons, VA-152 Fighting Aces flying AD-7 Skyraiders, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies flying A4D skyhawks, VF-154 Black Knights flying F8U-2N Crusaders, VA-155 Silver Foxes flying A4D Skyhawks, VAH-2 flying A3D Skywariors, VAW-11 Det Delta flying WF-2 Tracers, VAW-13 Det Delta flying AD5Q Skyraiders, VFp-63 Det Delta flying F8U-1P Crusaders and HU-1 Det Delta flying HUP HelicoptersBook measures 10.25x13.0 inches and is in excellent condition, but does have notations in the VF-151 section on what some of the sailors later became and so forth (see photos for best information on this). Next is the second volume entitled "Carrier West USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Far East Cruise 1961-1962" softcover book that has 100 pages. This book covers the cruise having ports of call, activities like flight operations and so forth. Volume has lots of black and white and color photos throughout with minimal text. Ports of call included San Francisco, Hawaii, Subic Bay Philippines, Sasebo, Yokosuka and kobe Japan, Hong Kong and back to Alameda California. Book has great color shots of each port and a nice section on flight operations with some really nice color and black and white images of the planes and crew in action. Book measures 10.25x11.0 inches and is in excellent plus condition with a hint of cover wear and very nice interior pages. A nice and rarer two book CVA carrier cruise books in the origianl slipcase for a collection or display of Naval carrier aviation or WESTPAC cruise books. Buyer pays via Paypal or other method as arranged. US buyer pays shipping and handling based upon a 6 pound Media Mail package and International buyers pay shipping and handling based upon a 6 pound International Priority Mail package. Please see my other auctions for more cruise books, Navy books and squadron patches and other militaria items and e-mail any questions.