Winged Brothers: Naval Aviation as Lived by Ernest and Macon Snowden

Winged Brothers: Naval Aviation as Lived by Ernest and Macon Snowden

by Ernest Snowden

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Winged Brothers recounts the service exploits of two brothers over more than forty years of naval aviation history in both peace and war. They were deeply committed to each other and to advancing their chosen profession, but due to the vast difference in their ages and the fourteen years between their respective graduations from the U.S. Naval Academy, they experienced carrier aviation from very different perspectives. The older brother, Ernest, entered naval aviation in an era of open-cockpit biplanes when the Navy’s operations from aircraft carriers were still taking form when Fleet Problems were still the primary means of determining aviation’s warfighting utility and proving its merits to the fleet. Macon’s story guides the reader through the Navy’s transition from piston-engine aircraft to jets. For the entirety of their time in uniform, the one constant was a close fraternal bond that saw Ernest as mentor and Macon as devoted admirer and protégé, only to see those roles recede as the younger brother’s achievements transcended those of the older brother. Through personal letters, official reports, first-hand accounts, and first-person interviews, their symbiotic relationship is revealed to the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682472958
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,195,065
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ernest Snowden is the son of Macon Snowden and nephew of Ernest Snowden. The author is a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former naval aviator. After active duty, he continued in the Naval Reserve as an aeronautical engineering duty officer until his retirement in 2000. As a Navy civilian, he served as the business manager for the Maintenance Policy Division of the Naval Air Systems Command, followed by a tour as staff assistant to the Deputy Director for Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Introduction 1

1 Beginnings 3

2 Foundations 14

3 Preparation 31

4 Peer Rivalry 50

5 Total War 59

6 Transition 104

7 Dvinas and Silver Swallows 148

8 Limited War 163

9 Reconstitution 183

10 Consolidation 193

11 Legacy 209

Notes 223

Bibliography 233

Index 243

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