Aircraft Carriers

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 2004 - History - 256 pages
With its emergence at the end of World War I, the aircraft carrier quickly established itself as the centerpiece of any naval flotilla. Aircraft carriers' dominance at sea was marked by the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Since then aircraft carriers have been the yardstick by which any navy's potency is measured. Aircraft Carriers is a comprehensive guide to the carriers that have been built since the end of World War I.Accompanying the illustrations in each entry are highly detailed specifications and a full design and development history of the carrier, and, where relevant, the aircraft. All of the most famous aircraft carriers are included, from the American Yorktown and Enterprise and the Japanese Akagi, to the British mini-carriers like the Illustrious, the French Charles de Gaulle, the Soviet Kuznetsov, and the modern American Nimitz class.- Comprehensive guide to all the major classes of aircraft carriers- Full-color artworks of each carrier class- Detailed technical specifications

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Having flown the ERA-3B (VAQ-33, 1979-1982) I noted that the authors stated that the aircraft was modified to perform electronic surveillance and communications jamming - this is incorrect. The ERA-3B (with a crew of four) performed electronic surveillance and countermeasures, not communications jamming, specifically simulating ComBloc EW tactics for fleet readiness training. 

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About the author (2004)

Chris Bishop is the author of German Panzers of World War II, The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions, The Essential Tank Identification Guide: Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, 1939-45, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45 and The Essential Submarine Identification Guide: Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45. Chris Bishop lives in England.

Christopher Chant is a successful writer on modern military matters and has a substantial number of authoritative titles to his credit. Military history and especially aviation have long been his passion. Having been part of the editorial team on Purnell’ s best selling ‘ History of the First World War’ , he became a full time writer and editor in 1974 and has spent over 25 years working extensively on military and aviation subjects.

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