The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of the United States' superpower status. A true behemoth, it is an unsurpassed weapons platform that overshadows all of its nearest rivals. A history of the world's largest aircraft carriers, with runways over 300 meters long, this book looks at the development and deployment of the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carriers from 1975 when the USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the class, was commissioned, to the present day.
All of the class are still operational and the tenth and last of the class, the USS George H. W. Bush, was commissioned in 2009. Here, Brad Elward provides a detailed overview of their design and development, highlighting their unique features, from jet blast deflectors to cutting-edge radar systems, and a history of the Nimitz class in service, from deployment in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, through to the enforcement of the no-fly zone over Bosnia.
About the Author
Brad Elward is an attorney practicing appellate law in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He is also a freelance writer of military aviation books and articles, having published five books and over twenty military aviation articles. His books have covered the Navy F-4 Phantom II and A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam and the history of the F/A-18 Hornet. Brad's articles, written largely for Combat Aircraft, World Air Power Journal, and International Air Power Review, have focused on the Hornet and Super Hornet, the electronic-warfare variant EA-18G, the S-3 Viking and P-3 Orion, and the F-14 Tomcat. He has also written on the B-1, B-2, and various missile programs.
Table of Contents
Origins of The Supercarrier 5
Design and Development of The Nimitz Class 12
The Nimitz Carrier Structure
The Flight Deck
Aircraft Launch and Recovery Operations
LSOs and the Lens
The Hangar Bay
The Island and Significant Inner Structures
Electronic Systems and Radars
Integrated Air Defense
The Carrier Air Wing (CVW)
Propulsion and Powerplant
Operational History 34
Nimitz-Class Follow-on: The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Class