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One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Airpower


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Published to coincide with the centennial celebration of U.S. Navy Aviation, this book chronicles Navy aviation from its earliest days, before the Navy's first aircraft carrier joined the fleet, through the modern jet era marked by the introduction of the F-18 Hornet. It tells how naval aviation got its start, profiles its pioneers, and explains the early bureaucracy that fostered and sometimes inhibited its growth. The book then turns to the refinement of carrier aviation doctrine and tactics and the rapid development of aircraft and carriers, highlighting the transition from propeller-driven aircraft to swept wing jets in the period after WW II. Land-based Navy aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft and rigid airships, and balloons are also considered in this sweeping tribute.

Book News Annotation:

Smith (strategy and policy, Naval War College) and 13 contributing authors chronicle the history of US Navy aviation from the early days to the modern era in this book published to coincide with the centennial of Navy aviation. The book tells the story of how Navy aviation began, offers profiles of its pioneers, and describes the bureaucracy that sometimes supported and sometimes hampered its growth. It also addresses the development of aircraft and carriers, the move from propeller-driven craft to swept-wing jets, rotary-wing aircraft, and rigid airships. A foreword from former President George H.W. Bush, a Navy pilot during World War II, is included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Douglas V. Smith is Professor of Strategy and Policy and Head, Strategy and Policy Division, Naval War College in Newport, RI. A 1970 graduate of the Naval Academy, he also is the author of Carrier Battles: Command Decisions in Harm's Way.

Product Details

Smith, Douglas V.
US Naval Institute Press
Foreword by:
Bush, George Herbert Walker
Bush, George Herbert Walker
Bush, George Herbert Walker
Military - Aviation
Military-Aviation History
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9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Military » US Aviation
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