This meticulously researched and newly updated book charts the complete history of naval aviation, from pioneering days when the first biplanes were catapulted from converted destroyers through to the high-performance jets patrolling the worlds seas today. The first part of the book focuses on significant technological advances, including carrier evolution, 21st-century aircraft technology and weaponry, as well as military operations in which naval aviation have played a significant part. There then follows an A to Z listing 130 of the worlds most significant naval aircraft. Each planes description and history is accompanied by a specification box detailing country of origin, first flight, power, armament, size, weight and performance. With its expert information and 670 magnificent photographs, this book provides historians and enthusiasts with key information about the world of naval aircraft.
Francis Crosby has written extensively on historic aviation and military history and has acted as an historian and consultant for the film, media and publishing industry.