Norman Polmar is an analyst, consultant, and author, specializing in naval, aviation, and technology subjects. He has been a consultant or advisor on naval issues to three Senators, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and three Secretaries of the Navy as well as to the director of the Los Alamos national laboratory, and to the leadership of the U.S., Australian, Chinese, and Israeli Navies. He has written or coauthored more than 50 published books.

Articles by Norman Polmar

An OL-2 showing the aircraft’s two open cockpits; it could be flown with a control wheel in the forward cockpit or a control stick in the rear cockpit.

A Plane for All Seasons

By Norman Polmar
October 2023
The Loening OL-series amphibians were among the most popular aircraft used by the U.S. military services between the world wars, being flown by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast ...
The Shenandoah moored to the fleet oiler Patoka (AO-9)

Flying with Grace

By Norman Polmar
February 2023
During the 1920s and 1930s several large, graceful, rigid airships flew across the Atlantic and within the United States. Four of them were emblazoned “U.S. Navy.”

Atomic Fish

By Norman Polmar
August 2006
The history of the nuclear-tipped torpedo is almost as mysterious as any of the black projects of the submarine service, but the details that have surfaced are fascinating and, in ...
B-36 (pennant number 911)

The Submarines of October

By Norman Polmar
October 2022
As international tensions ratcheted up over Soviet missile sites in Cuba, the deployment of Soviet nuclear-armed submarines added an extra dimension to the Armageddon-nightmare scenario.
Hanriot biplane fighter

A French Connection

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
August 2022
The first U.S. Navy fighter to go to sea was a variant of the French-built Hanriot HD-2 floatplane.
PV-1 Ventura

A Land-Based Patrol Bomber

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
April 2022
While not as popular or well known as other maritime patrol aircraft of the World War II era, the Lockheed Venturas and Harpoons made a significant contribution.

Books by Norman Polmar