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British Carrier Aviation

£55.00

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" This book impressively details every aspect of British aircraft carrier design, type, mission orientation, aircraft design and performance and how the Royal Navy's strategic doctrine for the utilization of seaborne air power evolved from 1914 thru 1985. It highlights the Royal Navy's operational and technological innovations from the invention and development of the aircraft carrier during World War {WW]1 thru the development of Harrier vertical take-off aircraft of the 1970's - 80s.

There are numerous line drawings {but not full page foldouts} of the carrier's along with fantastic pictures. The chapter on the development of the Fleet Air Arm aircraft between WW 1 and WW 2 was of particular interest because it was during this time that Britain lost its lead in shipborne aircraft design that would cripple its strike capabilities and overall effectiveness thru-out WW 2. As the war progressed more American aircraft was taking off from British carrierS due to superior performance and payload.

The Armoured Deck/Hanger carrier concept is exhaustively examined and while Mr Friedman doesn't bluntly state it - it is clear from the narrative that the WW2 British Armoured Deck carrier was at a tremendous disadvantage in their ability to carry enough aircraft for their size - 25 to 30 aircraft on 23,000 tons versus 70 to 80 aircraft on the 27.000 ton Americana Essex class carriers. Despite their unarmoured wooden decks, superior American damage control procedures and internal subdivision insured the survivability in action despite their lack of armour. The relatively small size of the aircraft hangers of the British armoured carrier also made them extremely hard to upgrade/modernize in the post WW 2 era espesically as aircraft development made jet aircraft larger and heavier.

The chapter on the Emergency Fleet {light} Carriers was interesting in highlighting what was a 1942 war related expediency design for a light carrier stopgap became thru an excellent design probally the most successfull British carrier type of the 20th century. The chapters on the post 1945 era shows how as Britian's world role declined and financial constaints reduced its numbers - the Royal Navy continued to revise its doctrines and develope new technology within the very tight and limited finances with the steam catapult and angled flight deck being espically noteworthy innovations.

I appreciated that Mr. Friedman located his footnotes on the same page they were highlighted on within the narative as it saved me a lot of " back and forth " crosschecking of information. This book is a excellent combination of history, carrier and aircraft design, technical development and charting the changing/evolving strategic doctrine of the Royal Navy's post 1945 aircraft carrier design and aircraft type. "

Book in very good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Printed in 1988.

Item details

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Norman Friedman
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
30.2 x 25.4 x 2.9 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0851774881
ISBN-13:
9780851774886
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
Conway Maritime

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" This book impressively details every aspect of British aircraft carrier design, type, mission orientation, aircraft design and performance and how the Royal Navy's strategic doctrine for the utilization of seaborne air power evolved from 1914 thru 1985. It highlights the Royal Navy's operational and technological innovations from the invention and development of the aircraft carrier during World War {WW]1 thru the development of Harrier vertical take-off aircraft of the 1970's - 80s.

There are numerous line drawings {but not full page foldouts} of the carrier's along with fantastic pictures. The chapter on the development of the Fleet Air Arm aircraft between WW 1 and WW 2 was of particular interest because it was during this time that Britain lost its lead in shipborne aircraft design that would cripple its strike capabilities and overall effectiveness thru-out WW 2. As the war progressed more American aircraft was taking off from British carrierS due to superior performance and payload.

The Armoured Deck/Hanger carrier concept is exhaustively examined and while Mr Friedman doesn't bluntly state it - it is clear from the narrative that the WW2 British Armoured Deck carrier was at a tremendous disadvantage in their ability to carry enough aircraft for their size - 25 to 30 aircraft on 23,000 tons versus 70 to 80 aircraft on the 27.000 ton Americana Essex class carriers. Despite their unarmoured wooden decks, superior American damage control procedures and internal subdivision insured the survivability in action despite their lack of armour. The relatively small size of the aircraft hangers of the British armoured carrier also made them extremely hard to upgrade/modernize in the post WW 2 era espesically as aircraft development made jet aircraft larger and heavier.

The chapter on the Emergency Fleet {light} Carriers was interesting in highlighting what was a 1942 war related expediency design for a light carrier stopgap became thru an excellent design probally the most successfull British carrier type of the 20th century. The chapters on the post 1945 era shows how as Britian's world role declined and financial constaints reduced its numbers - the Royal Navy continued to revise its doctrines and develope new technology within the very tight and limited finances with the steam catapult and angled flight deck being espically noteworthy innovations.

I appreciated that Mr. Friedman located his footnotes on the same page they were highlighted on within the narative as it saved me a lot of " back and forth " crosschecking of information. This book is a excellent combination of history, carrier and aircraft design, technical development and charting the changing/evolving strategic doctrine of the Royal Navy's post 1945 aircraft carrier design and aircraft type. "

Book in very good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Printed in 1988.

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Norman Friedman
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
30.2 x 25.4 x 2.9 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0851774881
ISBN-13:
9780851774886
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
Conway Maritime

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