Book — v, 338 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Within six months of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. navy had slowed the empire's military advance in the Pacific so much that the United States could return to its original "Germany First" strategy. That the navy was able to accomplish this feat with only six fleet aircraft carriers and a little more than 1,000 combat aircraft was the culmination of more than two decades of determined preparation. This thorough study summarizes the factors critical in shaping naval aviation after World War I, including naval treaties, fleet tactics, government programs, leadership and organization, and the emergence of Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Detailed technical drawings of individual aircrafts, airships, and ship development illustrate the 22-year process of trial and error that ultimately enabled U.S. naval aviation to prevail during the early months of World War II. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This is the story of British naval flying from aircraft carriers, from its conception in World War One to the present day. It includes the types of aircraft and the men who flew them, the carriers and the evolution of their designs, the theatres of war in which they served and their notable achievements and tragedies. It traces navy flying from the early days of the biplane, through the rapid developments during World War Two to the post-war introduction of jet-powered flight. The British inventions of the angled flight deck and later vertical landing jets revolutionised sea warfare and allowed the carrier to play a vital part in many recent land wars when naval aircraft flew in support of Allied land forces.Although the British carriers have always been smaller than their American counterparts, the Royal Navy and its aircraft have always been in the van of the development of ships and aircraft. This is the proud history of British Naval flying and ships such as HMS Eagle, HMS Hermes, HMS Glorious, HMS Ark Royal and many more. (source: Nielsen Book Data)