Jane's Naval Airpower: Aircraft and Warships 1914 to present day

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9780007111527: Jane's Naval Airpower: Aircraft and Warships 1914 to present day

Illustrated with fascinating archival photography, this is a complete guide to the development of the aircraft as an instrument of naval power from its inception in the early 20th century all the way through to the modern day.

Naval warfare was transformed by airpower, but it was a hit and miss process.The Royal Navy pioneered the use of aircraft carriers during World War I, but famously lost Prince of Wales and Repulse to land based Japanese bombers in 1941. From the early days of airships and bi-planes, the carrier planes of the Pacific to the very latest in carrier based strike aircraft, and anti submarine helicopters, Bernard Ireland reveals how airpower has revolutionized naval warfare.This authoritative book combines detailed development histories, specifications and stories of successes and failures of ships and aircraft that dominated the seas. Detailed and dramatic photos from the 1920s to the present day showing the range of naval aircraft in use around the world.

Preface
Part 1 Early Experiments
Chapter 1 Earliest Experiments
Chapter 2 Lighter than Air, Developments to 1914
Chapter 3 Heavier than Air, Developments to 1914
Part 2 World War I
Chapter 4 Aviation in Action, World War I
Chapter 5 Developments in the United States 1913-1918
Chapter 6 Development of Naval Aircraft during World War I
Part 3 Between the Wars
Chapter 7 The losing of peace, Naval Aviation 1919-1939
Chapter 8 The Emergence of the Fleet Carrier
Chapter 9 Naval Aircraft Development
Part 4 World War II
Chapter 10 Atlantic, Northern Europe and Mediterranean waters
Chapter 11 The Indian Ocean and the Pacific
Chapter 12 Aircraft versus the U-boat
Chapter 13 The Carriers
Chapter 14 The Aircraft
Part 5 Naval Airpower since 1945
Chapter 15 Evolution during the cold war era
Chapter 16 Into the Future
Index

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Follow the history of naval airpower from the early days of airships and bi-planes, the carrier-based battles of the Pacific to the very latest in carrier-based strike aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters. Bernard Ireland’s fascinating guide tracks development histories, provides detailed technical specifications and recounts major successes and failures. Extensively illustrated, this is the most vivid and comprehensive guide to aircraft at sea available today.

Airpower brought about a revolution in naval warfare, but tactics did not always keep pace with technology. The Royal Navy pioneered the use of aircraft carriers during World War I, but famously lost Princet of Wales and Repulse to land based Japanese bombers in 1941. The naval historian Bernard Ireland uncovers the facts surrounding the development of naval airpower strategy as well as describing technical features of hardware from across the globe.

Weapon system functions are clearly explained while detailed and dramatic photos from the 1920’s to the present day show the range of aircraft that have seen service above the oceans.

About the Author:

Bernard Ireland is the author of a plethora of naval titles, including Warfare in the Age of Sail, Jane’s Battleships of the 20th Century and Jane’s Naval History of World War Two.

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