Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies: The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia from World War I to the Present - David HobbsLondon: Greenhill Books, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Charts; Tables; Silhouettes; 2-column text; Appendices ;
From the cover: “This is an unrivalled reference work containing details of all ships whose primary role has been to operate aircraft at sea. It includes ships from the British Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy / Canadian Armed Forces and the Indian Navy, as well as many ships that originally served with the United States Navy. The 123 ships covered range ,from Hermes, the first ship in the world to be designed, ordered and built as an aircraft carrier, to today’s Invincible, recently in service supporting British forces in former Yugoslavia.
Comprehensive technical details of all the ships are given, with extensive service histories. As well as the conventional hull and armament facts, the author provides details of aircraft operating equipment such as catapults, arrester wires and lifts (much of which information has not been published before). He also lists the aircraft fuel capacities and weapon capacities of every ship.
Different sections of the book deal with carriers, seaplane carriers, helicopter training ships and merchant aircraft carriers. There are details of ten carriers that were ordered but never built, such as the Malta and the CVA-01 class, plus five temporary seaplane carriers and five balloon ships. Technical details of fourteen naval aircraft are included.
Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies is fully illustrated with high-quality photographs for every ship, from major archives and the author’s own collection. Many are previously un-published.
In his Introduction, Commander Hobbs surveys all aspects of the development of the aircraft carrier and compares British and U.S. designs and operating techniques. He gives an insight into what flying from a carrier is like, drawing on his own experience as a naval pilot with fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
This is the most comprehensive book ever published on British and Commonwealth aircraft carriers, and will be invaluable for naval historians and those who wish to know how aircraft are operated from a floating base.”