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 F-5L from Utility Squadron 1. Note the open cockpits. The tail has red, white, and blue stripes; on the upper wing surfaces are white stars with red center circles on blue circles

A Convoluted Success Story

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
October 2020
The Curtiss F-5L flying boat probably has the most convoluted history of any aircraft.1 Its predecessors saw action in the Great War (1914–18) and established the flying boat as a ...
A Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter rests on the carrier USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) during the Korean War. These helicopters were flown in large numbers during the conflict for VIP and mail delivery, search and rescue, gunfire spotting—and mine-spotting.
A P2Y-1 of Patrol Squadron 10F in flight, 1934.

A Flying Boat Progenitor

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
February 2020
In many respects, the precursor of the military flying boats of the 1940s and beyond was the Consolidated P2Y.
Lieutenant Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard on board the Trieste

The First Deepest Dive

By Norman Polmar and Lee J. Mathers
January 2020
This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Trieste’s 35,797-foot dive into the Challenger Deep.
Ground-to-ground left front view of an EA-6B Prowler with crew standing outside

Electronic Warfare Par Excellence

By Norman Polmar, Author, Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
December 2019
The Grumman EA-6B Prowler—one of the world’s most effective electronic warfare aircraft—was in the forefront of combat and crises for almost 50 years.

Books by Norman Polmar