This meticulously researched and illustrated book focuses on the evolution of aircraft carriers and naval aircraft. It features chronological histories and comprehensive directories of the world s most important aviation ships and aircraft, including the first ships to launch primitive aircraft; biplanes that were catapulted from converted destroyers; modern warships capable of carrying jets and helicopters; and state-of-the-art jets that are unique for their vertical take-off ability. With more than 1100 magnificent photographs, this book provides historians and enthusiasts with key information about the world s greatest aircraft carriers and naval aircraft. THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND NAVAL AIRCRAFT Features 1100 wartime and modern identification photographs Bernard Ireland and Francis Crosby CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
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About the Authors: Bernard Ireland spent his working life with the Royal Naval Scientific Service, and has written over 30 books on maritime technological and historical subjects. Francis Crosby led the marketing department at the Imperial War Museum s branch at Duxford, England, and has written extensively on the subject of historic aviation.
Biblio NotesA comprehensive illustrated history, from the first airships and zeppelins through to today s warships and jets Includes two directories covering 170 aircraft carriers and 130 aircraft, from the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers to the Supermarine Spitfire and the MiG-29K Includes full specification details for every vessel and aircraft, and a technical glossary explaining key military terms and abbreviations
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