Innovation in Carrier Aviation: Aircraft Carrier History, World War I and II, Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer), Royal Navy and American Navy, Jet Engines, ... Catapults, Carrier Aviation Technology by U.S. Government, U.S. Military, Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Navy
2016 | ASIN: B01B1VAVB4 | English | EPUB | 3 MB
Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this exceptional book examines the watershed period in carrier development that occurred immediately following World War II, when design advances were made that would be crucial to the centrality in national-security policy making that carriers and naval aviation have today. In those years several major technological breakthroughs-notably the jet engine and nuclear weapons-raised large questions about the future and led to an array of innovations in the design and operational utilization of aircraft carriers.
Central to this story is the collaboration between the aviation communities in the navies of the United States and Great Britain during these years, building on the intimate relationship they had developed during the war itself. Strikingly, the most important of these innovations, notably the angled flight deck and steam catapult, originated with the British, not the Americans. This study thereby also provides interesting lessons for the U.S. Navy today with respect to its commitment to maritime security cooperation in the context of its new "maritime strategy." It is a welcome and important addition to the historiography of the Navy in the seminal years of the Cold War.