A Century of British Naval Aviation 1909-2009 - David WraggBarnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables ; Maps; List of abbreviations; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The Royal Navy was in the forefront of aviation from the start. Senior officers, such as the legendary Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher, quickly recognised the strategic and tactical importance of air power. Winston Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, was quick to volunteer the Royal Naval Air Service, the forerunner of the Fleet Air Arm, for the air defence of the mainland during The Great War. After the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, the Navy had a fierce fight to retain its own air arm and this is a struggle, and rivalry, that continues today.
Published to coincide with the Centenary of Naval Aviation, this book tells the fascinating and proud history of the first century of British Naval aviation. During this period the Royal Navy has led the way with technological achievements such as angled flight decks, mirror deck landing systems and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Operational successes during two World Wars include the sinking of the Konigsberg and the daring attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto, Arctic and Atlantic convoy protection and operations with the United States Navy in the Pacific. Post-war saw the politically ill-fated Suez intervention and the triumphant recapture of the Falklands after the Argentine invasion as well as operations in The Gulf.”