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The author offers a definitive new history of naval aviation in the United States, from its humble beginnings in 1911 to the present reality of aircraft carriers patrolling the oceans of the world.
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M. Hill Goodspeed is the Director of the Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library and is Historian at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Grandson of a World War II naval aviator, he is a native of Pensacola. Foreword author Vice Admiral Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr., assumed the duties of Commander, Naval Air Forces on June 22, 2007. Admiral Kilcline is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and was designated a naval aviator in 1975. He has flown more than 5,600 hours in F-4, A-4, F-5, F-14, and F-18 aircraft, and has logged 63 combat missions and 1,150 carrier aircraft arrested landings.Review:
Anyone who turns the pages of this book will understand why those Navy Wings of Gold are held so sacred. -- Captain Eugene A. Cernan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Astronaut, Apollo XVII
Beautifully crafted prose and photographs . . . A wonderful visit for every American into the unique role that naval aviation has played. -- Senator John Glenn, Astronaut, Mercury 7, and Marine Corps aviator
The authors . . . have captured the very essence of the Navy's magnificent air arm. A must-read for aviation enthusiasts and historians. -- MCPON-5 Billy C. Sanders, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
The spirit of naval aviation is superbly captured in this absolutely wonderful coffee table book. My memories came flooding back! -- President George H.W. Bush
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Book Description Universe, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110883631024