British Aircraft Carriers

Design, Development and Service Histories
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Published:January 15, 2014
By David Hobbs (Author)

 This book is a meticulously detailed history of British aircraft-carrying ships from the earliest experimental vessels to the Queen Elizabeth class, currently under construction and the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy. Individual chapters cover the design and construction of each class, with full technical details, and there are extensive summaries of every ship’s career. Apart from the obvious large-deck carriers, the book also includes seaplane carriers, escort carriers and MAC ships, the maintenance ships built on carrier hulls, unbuilt projects, and the modern LPH. It concludes with a look at the future of naval aviation, while numerous appendices summarize related subjects like naval aircraft, recognition markings and the circumstances surrounding the loss of every British carrier. As befits such an important reference work, it is heavily illustrated with a magnificent gallery of photos and plans, some reproduced in color.

Written by the leading historian of British carrier aviation, himself a retired Fleet Air Arm pilot, it displays the authority of a lifetime’s research combined with a practical understanding of the issues surrounding the design and operation of aircraft carriers. British Aircraft Carriers is certain to become the standard work on the subject.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Aircraft Carriers
  • Hardback : 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 44+ b/w & color illustrations
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (January 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1591140749
  • ISBN-13: 9781591140740
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 X 11.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 45.87 oz
  • “A host of pictures, plans, and diagrams supplement a clear, well-written text, making British Aircraft Carriers a valuable resource for anyone interested in naval and aviation history.” - The Nymas Review

DAVID HOBBS, a retired Fleet Air Arm pilot, is the acknowledged expert on British naval aviation and the author of more than twenty published works. Having served in Victorious, he is supremely qualified to write this book.

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5.00 Stars
The "GO TO" book for British aircraft carriers.
Monday, May 23, 2016
By: ken griffin
The "go to" book for British aircraft carriers. A must-have for anyone interested in Naval aviation history. A big book with great illustrations and text.


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