Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

Front Cover
ABC-CLIO, 2006 - History - 407 pages

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.

From their World War I deployment in the Black Sea by the Imperial Russian Navy, to their coming of age in World War II, to their role in recent conflicts in Vietnam, the Falklands, and the Persian Gulf, Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact charts the evolution of carrier systems both militarily and within broader political and diplomatic contexts.

Covering both the ships and the planes they support, this convenient, authoritative handbook offers complete descriptions of carrier systems from all of the world's major navies--from their operational histories, strategic integration, and technological advancements, to the training of aircrew, the development of carrier command leadership, and the role of carriers as deterrents and diplomatic enforcers.

* 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


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Origins and Early Development of the Aircraft Carrier
The Aircraft Carrier Matures
Capital Ships
The Cold War and After
Joint Operations
About the Author

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

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.

Bibliographic information