|A. M. "Mike" Granat Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
Lieutenant Commander A. M. "Mike" Granat, United States Navy (Retired), is the author of The Golden Era of Naval
Aviation, An Aviator's Journey 1939 - 1959 (Miklen Press 2002).
John Matlock wrote an excellent review on Amazon.com, part of which summarizes Mike Granat's naval career:
...Mike enlisted in the Navy in November of 1939. Because of the long waiting list he went into the
Aviation Machinist School, and over the next couple of years alternated various technical schools
with squadron duty in a flying boat squadron.
Nine days after the attack he was at Pearl Harbour and soon thereafter was in the South Pacific in
a PBY 'Catalina' unit. These were the lean times when aircraft were hard to get. Their squadron
flew endless patrols, and began to take the fight to the Japanese using bombs and torpedoes. This
became the famous 'Black Cats' that attacked at night coasting in at very low engine power to
reduce the noise.
In 1943 Flight Training finally opened up and he became a pilot, an officer and a gentleman. This
began a career in Naval Aviation unlike many others. He flew in over 30 different types of aircraft
from a 150 HP Culver Cadet to the Lockheed Super Constellation with four 3200 HP engines.
Included were fighters (Hellcat, Bearcat, Tigercat, early jets), flying boats (PBY, Albatross) and
more transports than I could count.
I was reminded again and again of the old saying that flying is 99+% boredom, and moments of
Mike is correct that this was indeed the Golden Era of Naval Aviation. Never again will there be
such rapid advances in technology, so massive efforts at putting out a Navy of this size. This is a
most interesting book showing a side of the Naval service not seen by outsiders.
|Mike Granat's short snorter: U. S. One Dollar Silver Certificate, Series 1935A, HAWAII Overprint, Serial #Z99257836B
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