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Naval aircraft: books - history, models and technology

A book on naval aircraft? Here are books on the history, models and technology of seaplanes and aircraft stationed on aircraft carriers.

Fighters Over the Fleet : Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War

This is an account of the evolution of naval fighters for fleet air defence and the parallel evolution of the ships operating and controlling them, concentrating on the three main exponents of carrier warfare, the Royal Navy, the US Navy, and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

It describes the earliest efforts from the 1920s but it was not until radar allowed the direction of fighters that organised air defence became possible. Thus major naval-air battles of the Second World War - like Midway, the 'Pedestal' convoy, the Philippine Sea and Okinawa - are portrayed as tests of the new technology. This was ultimately found wanting by the Kamikaze campaigns, which led to postwar moves towards computer control and new kinds of fighters.

After 1945 the novel threats of nuclear weapons and stand-off missiles compounded the difficulties of naval air defence and the second half of the book covers RN and USN attempts to solve these problems, looking at US experience in Vietnam and British operations in the Falklands War.
It concludes with the ultimate US development of techniques and technology to fight the Outer Air Battle in the 1980s, which in turn point to the current state of carrier fighters and the supporting technology.

Based largely on documentary sources, some previously unused, this book will appeal to both the naval and aviation communities.

Author:Norman Friedman
Specs:460 pages, 29 x 24.5 cm / 11.4 x 9.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2016)
Book: Fighters Over the Fleet : Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War

Fighters Over the Fleet : Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War

Language: English

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Wings of the Navy

Carrier aircraft, since their beginning, have been a very special kind of machine and demand something equally special of the men who flew them. Landing on a pitching, bucking deck of a carrier, or catapulting over a plunging bow, shipboard aircraft and their pilots had to be exceptional.
Often, the real characteristics of these assorted aircraft lie forgotten in the annals of time but Eric 'Winkle' Brown, the first naval officer to head the elite Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough, records his cockpit experiences testing British and American carrier aircraft.

Having enjoyed one of the most extraordinary careers in flying, Eric 'Winkle' Brown places on record the flying characteristics, good bad and indifferent, of a myriad of 30 aircraft types - from the Fairey Swordfish and Albacore, Grumman Avenger and Panther to the Supermarine Seafire, Douglas Dauntless, North American Skyray, de Havilland Sea Vixen and Blackburn Buccaneer.
Highly illustrated with cutaways, photographs and colour profiles, "Wings of the Navy" makes a valuable contribution to aviation history and keeps the memory of these diverse and absorbing aircraft alive.

Author:Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown
Specs:272 pages, 30.5 x 22 x 3 cm / 12 x 8.7 x 1.18 in, hardback
Illustrations:300+ b&w photographs, 100 profile drawings in colour
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2013)
Series:Hikoki
Book: Wings of the Navy

Wings of the Navy

Language: English

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Trägerflugzeuge des Zweiten Weltkriegs 1939-1945 (Typenkompass)

Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges kamen erstmalig trägergestützte Flugzeuge in grossem Umfang zum Einsatz.
Nach ersten Erfahrungen im vorigen Weltkrieg entstanden bis 1939 leistungsfähige Trägerschiffe samt den dazugehörigen Flugzeugen hauptsächlich von den kriegführenden Nationen England, USA und Japan. Diese sollten während der grossen Seeschlachten im Pazifik und bei der Jagd auf U-Boote im Atlantik eine entscheidende Rolle spielen.

Eine hervorragende Ergänzung der Typenkompass-Reihe - nicht nur im Bereich Luftfahrt sondern auch in Ergänzung zu den Typenkompass-Bänden "Flottenträger" und "Hilfs- und Geleitträger".

Pages of the book [TK] Tragerflugzeuge 1939-1945 (1)

Author:Ingo Bauernfeind
Specs:128 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:141 b&w and 9 colour photographs, 27 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2014)
Series:Typenkompass
Book: Trägerflugzeuge des Zweiten Weltkriegs 1939-1945 (Typenkompass)

Trägerflugzeuge des Zweiten Weltkriegs 1939-1945

Language: German

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Trägerflugzeuge - seit 1945 (Typenkompass)

Flugzeuge, die von Trägern aus operieren, müssen extrem harten Alltags- und Betriebsbedingungen trotzen: Starts und (sehr harte) Landungen auf minimaler Strecke, Unterbringung auf kleinstem Raum und dennoch volle militärische Verwendbarkeit.
Und das Ganze in einer salzhaltigen Umgebung - wahrlich keine optimalen Ausgangsbedingungen. Kein Wunder also, dass Trägerflugzeuge im Ergebnis technische Meisterleistungen sind. Grund genug, dieser Flugzeuggattung einen eigenen Typenkompass zu widmen.

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Author:Frank Schwede
Specs:128 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:37 b&w and 115 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2016)
Series:Typenkompass
Book: Trägerflugzeuge - seit 1945 (Typenkompass)

Trägerflugzeuge - seit 1945

Language: German

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The Illustrated Guide to Modern Naval Aircraft

An A-Z directory of all the major naval aircraft since 1945, including jet-engined fighters and strike aircraft, carrier-borne AEW aircraft, V/STOL aircraft, and helicopters.

This title examines the history and evolution of naval aircraft from the immediate post-World War II period to the present, with special reference to Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands War, Libya, Top Gun, and future developments in modern naval combat.
It features all the best-known modern planes and helicopters, such as the F/A-18, Fairey Gannet, Grumman A-6 Intruder, Super Etendard, Buccaneer, Westland (Sikorsky) Sea King, 55 in total.

It includes specification boxes which provide at-a-glance information about each aircraft's name, country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weight and performance.

With its lively narrative and 330 photographs, this authoritative volume provides historians and enthusiasts with key information about the naval aircraft of this key period in history.

Author:Francis Crosby
Specs:128 pages, 29.5 x 23 x 1 cm / 11.6 x 9.1 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:330 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Anness Publishing (GB, 2011)
Book: The Illustrated Guide to Modern Naval Aircraft

The Illustrated Guide to Modern Naval Aircraft

Language: English

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U-Boot-Jäger - U-Jagdflugzeuge seit 1945

Nach 1945 entwickelten sich die durch den Krieg gefürchteten U-Boote weg von der ausschliesslichen Angriffsrolle auf Schiffe hin zu riesigen Raketenträgern, die ein Atomwaffenarsenal an Bord haben und im Ernstfall ganze Länder ausradieren könnten - eine bis heute sehr ernstzunehmende Bedrohung, der eine Fülle von hochinteressanten Flugzeugtypen gegenübersteht: U-Jagdflugzeuge sind speziell entwickelte oder entsprechend umgerüstete Maschinen, die über den Meeren Jagd auf getauchte U-Boote machen, diese aufspüren und effektiv bekämpfen.

Ein äusserst spannendes Thema erwartet den Leser in diesem Band von Heiko Thiesler.

Pages of the book U-Boot-Jager - U-Jagdflugzeuge seit 1945 (1)

Pages of the book U-Boot-Jager - U-Jagdflugzeuge seit 1945 (2)

Author:Heiko Thiesler
Specs:176 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:57 b&w and 152 colour photographs, 12 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2017)
Series:Flugzeugtypen
Book: U-Boot-Jäger - U-Jagdflugzeuge seit 1945

U-Boot-Jäger - U-Jagdflugzeuge seit 1945

Language: German

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