Provides an introduction to aircraft carriers, the ships known as "floating airports," from their inception in the early twentieth century, through their development during World War II, to the various classes of carriers in use today.
With its emergence at the end of World War I, the aircraft carrier quickly established itself as the centerpiece of any naval flotilla. Aircraft carriers' dominance at sea was marked by the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Since then aircraft carriers have been the yardstick by which any navy's potency is measured. Aircraft Carriers is a comprehensive guide to the carriers that have been built since the end of World War I.Accompanying the illustrations in each entry are highly detailed specifications and a full design and development history of the carrier, and, where relevant, the aircraft. All of the most famous aircraft carriers are included, from the American Yorktown and Enterprise and the Japanese Akagi, to the British mini-carriers like the Illustrious, the French Charles de Gaulle, the Soviet Kuznetsov, and the modern American Nimitz class.- Comprehensive guide to all the major classes of aircraft carriers- Full-color artworks of each carrier class- Detailed technical specifications
Aircraft carriers are truly the fortresses of the sea! Students will get an inside-out view of these incredible floating cities, from how they are constructed to how they function as important parts of a country's defense. Students also will learn about the various aircraft that are on board and the crew that keeps aircraft carriers in ship shape!
This book is a meticulously detailed history of British aircraft-carrying ships from the earliest experimental vessels to the Queen Elizabeth class, currently under construction and the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy. Individual chapters cover the design and construction of each class, with full technical details, and there are extensive summaries of every ship's career. Apart from the obvious large-deck carriers, the book also includes seaplane carriers, escort carriers and MAC ships, the maintenance ships built on carrier hulls, unbuilt projects, and the modern LPH. It concludes with a look at the future of naval aviation, while numerous appendices summarise related subjects l...
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