Aircraft Carriers: A History of Carrier Aviation and Its Influence on World Events, Volume II: 1946-2006

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 31, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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In the post-1945 era, the aircraft carrier has remained a valued weapon despite the development of nuclear weapons, cruise and ballistic missiles, and highly capable submarines. At times, as in the early days of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and in the Falklands conflict, carriers alone could deploy high-performance aircraft to the battlefield. In other operations, such as enforcing the no-fly zones and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, only carriers could provide the bases needed for sustained combat and support operations.

This second volume of Norman Polmar's landmark study details the role of carriers in the unification of the U.S. armed forces and strategic deterrence, fiscally constrained Great Britain, the development of British Commonwealth and ex-colonial navies, and the efforts of France and the Netherlands to rebuild their fleets. The role of the modern carrier-nine nations currently possess them-is discussed, as are the issues confronting nations that might acquire them. Chapters on the Soviet Union's effort to produce carriers are included for the first time. The development of both carrier planes and the many "oddball" aircraft that have flown from carriers-such as the U-2 spy plane-are also examined. Appendixes include comprehensive data on all carriers built and converted through 2006.

This volume is a valuable companion to the critically acclaimed Volume I, which covers aircraft carrier development and operations from 1909 to 1945.
  

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Contents

1 The Peaceful Years
1
2 Jets and Whirlybirds
21
3 Atomic Bombs Aboard Ship
37
4 The Wrong War
53
5 An Entirely New War
69
6 Concluding a War
83
7 The Cold War Navy
91
8 French and British Carriers at War
105
17 A War Lost
267
18 Carrier Controversies
287
19 New Directions
303
20 Carrier War in the South Atlantic
315
21 Lessons and Finances
329
22 The Russian Experience
339
23 Soviet Aircraft Carriers
351
24 Rehabilitation and Retaliation
363

9 The Suez Operation
123
10 The Super Carriers
135
11 New Carrier Concepts
155
12 Carrier Proliferation
171
13 New Ships and Planes
199
14 Carriers to Cuban Waters
213
15 Wings Over Southeast Asia Again
229
16 Escalation to Escalation
249
25 Amphibious Assault
381
26 Into the 21st Century
397
Appendixes
413
Notes
503
Selected Bibliography
525
Index
533
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About the author (2008)

Norman Polmar is a leading expert on naval and aviation matters. An internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author, Polmar has written more than 40 books, including, with K. J. Moore, Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines (Brassey's, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brassey's, ISBN 1-57488-572-3). He is a columnist for the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History magazines. Polmar lives in the Washington, DC, area.

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