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This vivid volume describes the fascinating history of aircraft carriers, first deployed successfully in World War I by the Imperial Russian Navy, and indispensable to the Allied victory in World War II, now the strategic centerpiece of the world's most powerful navies.
· Eighty photographs of all the important aircraft carriers from before World War I to the present, including many operated by lesser-known navies
· A reference section providing essential physical details, basic design information, modifications, and brief service histories for 80 aircraft carriers or classes from 1912 to the present
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No weapons system has revolutionized naval operations like the aircraft carrier. As bigger and bigger ships were developed to handle more planes with greater firepower, these extraordinary vessels evolved from auxiliary use to the mainstay of naval forward presence, transforming the tactics, technologies, and cultures of the world's major sea powers.About the Author:
Paul E. Fontenoy, PhD, is curator of maritime research and technology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC, and a visiting assistant professor in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
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