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The Forrestal and Kitty Hawk Classes
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591141808
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
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  • Number of Pages: 288
  • Subject: Ship Reference
  • Date Available: November 2014
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"This is a very readable overview of the operational history of these ships. The author has supported this with a wide range of photographs, maps and appendices of technical information. Information on the ships; data about their aircraft ranging from lumbering piston-engine Skyraiders to Tomcat and Hornet supersonic jets; information on their weapons systems and on the deployment and composition of their Air Wings."

—World Ship Society: Warships 178

As the first of the “supercarriers,” the USS Forrestal ushered in a new era of naval power when it was commissioned in 1955. Throughout the Cold War and into the uncertain and dangerous world that followed, the first question of senior American leadership in response to a crisis has often been, “Where are the carriers?”

The Supercarriers is a comprehensive historical overview with extensive photos, maps, drawings, and operational detail, including all air-wing deployments. The book covers the Forrestal-class supercarriers and the follow-on ships, which are essentially of the same design, including the Forrestal (CV 59), Saratoga (CV 60), Ranger (CV 61), Independence (CV 62), Kitty Hawk (CV 63), Constellation (CV 64), America (CV 66), and John F. Kennedy (CV 67). As in Faltum’s previous books, The Essex Aircraft Carriers and The Independence Light Aircraft Carriers, the main emphasis here is on the operational history of these ships, which spans over fifty years.

The book is heavily illustrated, with more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations and maps covering the western Pacific, Vietnam, Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean. The front endpaper illustration shows the Saratoga as representative of the Forrestal class, with port and starboard profiles and an overhead view. The rear endpaper displays similar views of the Constellation as part of the Kitty Hawk class.

In addition to illustrations, the appendices offer illustrations, technical design data, and much more. A good historical overview written in a nontechnical style, this book will appeal to general audiences as well naval enthusiasts and hobbyists.

Andrew Faltum served as an air intelligence officer aboard USS Midway home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, before joining the Navy Reserve, retiring as a commander. He is the author of The Independence Light Aircraft Carriers and The Essex Aircraft Carriers.

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