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With a Foreword by George Herbert Walker Bush
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.
Douglas V. Smith is professor of strategy and policy and head of the Strategy and Policy Division, Naval War College, in Newport, RI. A 1970 graduate of the Naval Academy, he is also the author of Carrier Battles.
Praise for One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power
“There are 30 excellent photographs interspersed with the text and a brief biography of each contributor and the editor. It is a book worthy of its subject, and is recommended.”
— The Mariner’s Mirror, Spring 2012
“…A very fine contribution to the history of twentieth century naval aviation and its part in the activities of the U.S. Navy.”
— ausmarine Magazine, July 2012
“…Specialists as well as those with a more casual interest in the subject will find this book both informative and a fitting contribution to the centennial of naval aviation.”
—The Journal of Military History, Vol. 75, No. 4
“[This book] is valuable reading for all Naval leaders and certainly for Naval aviators.”
— The Daybook, A Publication of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Volume 15, Issue 3
“By focusing on organizational, policy, and technical issues rather than simply producing yet another hagiographic combat history, editor Smith and his team of authors have produced a long-overdue book. The essay on naval aviation in Korea and Vietnam, written by Gary Ohls, is a particularly fine one. Overall a very valuable and welcome work, with particular appeal for military professionals, scholars, students, and enthusiasts, but for curious laypeople as well. Highly recommended.”
— Choice, August 2011
“. . . A balanced and entertaining intellectual analysis from which we (in the UK) could draw many a contemporary lesson.”
— The Naval Review, August 2011
"...[T]he essays address their topics so thoroughly that the reader is left with a broad understanding of the impact naval aviation has had on warfare since its humble beginnings. . . . All of the chapters are rich in context and heavily footnoted for the serious researcher."
— Seapower, May 2011