One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

by Douglas V. Smith

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One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power by Douglas V. Smith

Published to coincide with the centennial celebration of U.S. Navy aviation, this book details the history of U.S. Navy aviation from its earliest days, before the Navy s first aircraft carrier joined the fleet, through the modern jet era marked by the introduction of the F-18 Hornet. It tells how naval aviation got its start, profiles its pioneers, and explains the early bureaucracy that fostered and sometimes inhibited its growth. The book then turns to the refinement of carrier aviation doctrine and tactics and the rapid development of aircraft and carriers, highlighting the transition from propeller-driven aircraft to swept-wing jets in the period after World War II. Land-based Navy aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft, rigid airships, and balloons are also considered in this sweeping tribute.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612514239
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 07/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Douglas V. Smith is Professor of Strategy and Head of the Strategy and Policy Division at the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and Naval War College, and holds a Ph.D. in military history from Florida State University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword George H. W. Bush xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction Douglas V. Smith 1

Chapter 2 The Experimental Era: U.S. Navy Aviation before 1916 Stephen K. Stein 5

Chapter 3 Eyes of the Fleet: How Flying Boats Transformed War Plan Orange Edward S. Miller 31

Chapter 4 Ships in the Sky John E. Jackson 43

Chapter 5 Big Guns versus Wooden Decks: Naval Aviation Officer Personnel, 1911-1941 Donald Chisholm 52

Chapter 6 Admiral Joseph Mason "Bull" Reeves, Father of Navy Carrier Aviation Douglas V. Smith 79

Chapter 7 Aviation in the Interwar Fleet Maneuvers, 1919-1940 Albert A. Nofi 94

Chapter 8 The Two-Ocean Navy Act of 1940: The Impact on American Preparedness for World War II Timothy H. Jackson Stanley D. M. Carpenter 131

Chapter 9 U.S. Aircraft Carrier Evolution, 1911-1945 Norman Friedman 153

Chapter 10 Foundation for Victory: U.S. Navy Aircraft Development, 1922-1945 Hill Goodspeed 199

Chapter 11 Straight Up: Vertical Flight in the U.S. Navy Kevin J. Delamer 220

Chapter 12 The Transition to Swept-Wing Jets Robert C. Rubel 240

Chapter 13 Naval Aviation in the Korean and Vietnam Wars Gary J. Ohls 269

Chapter 14 By Land and Sea: Non-Carrier Naval Aviation Sterling Michael Pavelec 301

Chapter 15 U.S. Aircraft Carrier Evolution: 1945-2011 Norman Friedman 322

Chapter 16 Conclusions Douglas V. Smith 350

Contributors 355

Index 361

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