North American Aviation in the Jet Age: The California Years, 1945–1997. During the waning days of World War II, a frenzied race was underway in rubble-strewn Europe as US and Soviet forces sought to seize advanced German weapons technology. Over the next quarter century, North American Aviation (NAA) would enhance these spoils of war into fearsome weapons in America's arsenal. 249 color and b/w photos. 8 1/2" x 11" x .954".