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The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers

David Ross

In July 1918, seven Sopwith Camels launched from the converted battlecruiser HMS Furious damaged the German airbase at Tønder and destroyed two zeppelins. The age of the carrier was born. In the interwar years the Lexington, Akagi and Courageous class... Read moreRead less

In July 1918, seven Sopwith Camels launched from the converted battlecruiser HMS Furious damaged the German airbase at Tønder and destroyed two zeppelins. The age of the carrier was born. In the interwar years the Lexington, Akagi and Courageous class carriers were developed, but it was only during World War II that the aircraft carrier finally came into its own. Fleet carriers carrying up to a 100 aircraft allowed the Japanese and US navies to project air power across the vast Pacific Ocean, with the devastating Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 presaging a new kind of warfare.

The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers features 52 of the most significant aircraft carriers, from the World War I-era converted battleship HMS Eagle, through the Japanese carriers Shokaku and Taiho – both sunk by US carrier power at the decisive Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 – to the great nuclear-powered supercarriers USS Enterprise and USS Nimitz of the Cold War era. The book comes up to date with the leading carriers of today, including the HMAS Canberra, Chinese Liaoning and Indian Vikrant.

Each entry includes a brief description of the ship’s development and history, a colour profile view or cutaway, key features and specifications. Packed with more than
200 artworks and photographs, The World’s Greatest Aircraft Carriers
is a colourful guide for military and naval history enthusiasts.

Format: 297 x 227mm hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 65,000
Illustrations: 200 colour artworks and photographs
ISBN: 978-1-78274-524-2

David Ross

David Ross specialises in maritime and railway history and has written and contributed to numerous books on these subjects. His most recent books are Ships Visual Encyclopedia, The Essential Naval Identification Guide: Submarines 1914–Present, Great Warships and The World’s Greatest Battleships.

978-1-78274-524-2 hb

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