If you are a member, log in to receive member pricing
A History of the U.S. Navy's Seaplane Striking Force
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591148784
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era:
  • Number of Pages: 248
  • Subject:
  • Date Available: March 2005
If you are a member, log in to receive member pricing
$29.95 List Price
$23.96 Member Price
Full Description:

An award-winning aviation historian chronicles the Navy's efforts to develop a powerful sea-based strike force through the use of long-range attack seaplanes supported by surface ships and submarines. William Trimble traces the concept back to the early 1930s when American strategic planners sought ways to mount an assault across the Pacific with minimum air support. But it was not until 1950, when the Navy was threatened with losing its big carriers and long-range aircraft, that the idea of a Seaplane Striking Force was resurrected. Lured by breakthroughs in seaplane performance and the promise of the turbojet-powered Convair Sea Dart fighter and the Martin Sea Master attack flying boat, the Navy believed it could challenge the Air Force in the strategic role, the author explains, but found that the technology did not live up to expectations.

This book investigates the difficulties of weapon system procurement within the context of strategic realities, interservice rivalry, and constrained defense budgets. It also looks at an alternative weapon system that the Navy saw as a means of extending its conventional reach and as a complement to the carrier and land-based bomber used for nuclear deterrence. That weapon, however, proved unsuccessful in the end. The author helps the reader understand that while conceptual and operational flaws kept the Seaplane Striking Force from achieving the goals set for it, the idea of a mobile weapon system capable of long-range attacks from the sea remains valid. Other books touch briefly on the subject, but this is the first to examine the concept in depth.

William F. Trimble, a former Lindbergh professor at the National Air and Space Museum, is chair of the history department at Auburn University.  He is the author of several books, including Admiral William A. Moffett and Wings for the Navy.

See Related Items:

Spirit of Naval Aviation

More by this Author

This book at last acknowledges the naval aircraft factory's significant contributions to the... Read More
An award-winning aviation historian chronicles the Navy's efforts to develop a powerful sea-... Read More
"A fascinating look at the father of naval aviation."—Library Journal "... Read More
William Trimble is the 2011 recipient of the “Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award for Excellence... Read More

Events and Conferences

Radio Interview
8:25AM Eastern, w/Fred Snyder, morning host, WGET-AM Radio, Gettysburg, PA Read More
Customer Reviews
Average Customer Reviews


Conferences and Events

2016 Naval History Conference

Thu, 2016-09-08 - Fri, 2016-09-09

Join us for the 2016 Naval History Conference on 8 and 9 September at Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Athena...

WEST 2017

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

View All

From the Press

Author Talk & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-08-28

Guest Speaker

Fri, 2016-09-09

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 135 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership