Fighters over the Fleet

Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War
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Binding:Hardback
Published:December 15, 2016
By Norman Friedman (Author)

Fighters Over the Fleet is an account of the parallel evolution of naval fighters for fleet air defense and the ships they sought to defend. This volume concentrates on the three main advocates of carrier warfare: the Royal Navy, the U.S. Navy, and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Because radar was not invented until the mid-1930s, fleet air defense was a primitive effort for flyers during the 1920s. Once the innovative system was developed and utilized, organized air defense became viable. Thus major naval-air battles of the Second World War—like Midway, the “Pedestal” convoy, the Philippine Sea and Okinawa—are portrayed as tests of the new technology. However, even radar was ultimately found wanting by the Kamikaze campaigns, which led to postwar moves toward computer control and new kinds of fighters.

After 1945, the novel threats of nuclear weapons and stand-off missiles compounded the difficulties of naval air defense. The second half of the book covers the U.S. and Royal Navies’ attempts to resolve these problems by examining the U.S. experience in Vietnam and British operations during the Falklands War. The book then turns to the ultimate U.S. development of techniques and technology to fight the Outer Air Battle in the 1980s before concluding with the current state of technology supported carrier fighters.
 

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Product Details
  • Hardback : 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 400 illustrations
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 159114616X
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.65 X 11.33 in
  • Shipping Weight: 79.52 oz
Praise
  • "It should be on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in modern navies and how their command and control systems have been developed against a variety of threats, not just those with an interest in carrier-borne aircraft. I recommend it highly." — Australian Naval Institute
  • Fighters Over the Fleet provides more information about fleet air defense than any other work currently available. It is recommended for specialist as well aviation-minded readers.” – Naval Historical Foundation
  • “This new work is both a technical and tactical history covering the dawn of naval aviation in the 1920s to the Falkland Islands War.” – Military Heritage magazine
  • "...buy the book if you want to read about the subject in a well-researched, highly informative book..."- Air Power History

Norman Friedman is a consultant on global naval strategy, naval trends, and naval warfare. An internationally known military technology analyst and naval historian, he worked for a decade as an advisor to Secretaries of the Navy, and for another 10 years with a leading U.S. think tank. Dr. Friedman travels the world speaking to military and defense industry leaders, and appears frequently appears on television as a guest commentator.
Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues. He is a longtime columnist for Proceedings magazine and lives in New York City.

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