A Heritage of Wings: An Illustrated History of Navy Aviation

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Based on years of research by a Navy pilot and respected author, this is the most complete history of Navy airpower ever written. Unmatched in scope and detail and packed with rare, memorable photos, A Heritage of Wings captures the spirit of an age that moved from primitive cloth-covered biplanes to space shuttles. 194 photos, 9 maps.

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A 30-year navy aviation veteran, Knott takes a fascinating look at the history of naval aviation, from Lt. Theodore "Spuds" Ellyson, naval aviator number one, to Lt. Commander Wendy Lawrence, the first female naval aviator in space. Knott explains the troublesome development of the aircraft carrier?the cornerstone of naval aviation?and the specialized aircraft that call the carrier home. He also details major naval battles and tells how naval airpower influenced the outcome. His book is full of interesting facts, such as that World War II navy blimps escorting convoys flew 55,900 flights and escorted 89,000 ships without a loss and that Skylab 2 had an all-navy crew. This work would be at home in any library that has patron interest in the U.S. Navy or aviation and is essential for naval and/or aviation history collections.?Terry Wirick, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.
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