Aircraft carriers changed the face of war. They provided a platform enabling planes to keep off and land from anywhere in the ocean that the carrier could travel, and they reconfigured patterns of attack and defense. Even for no-military buffs, the power and massive lines of aircraft carriers inspire awe. Now readers can get a close-up look at these behemoths in this lavishly illustrated volume. Aircraft Carriers tells the story of the development of these immense vessels, describing the technological and military history beind them, and profiling the carriers -- and the planes that fly them -- that roam the oceans today. packing an astonishing amount of detail into accessible and intriguing prose, Aircraft Carriers includes:
- First person accounts from carrier personnel describing daily life aboard an aircraft acrrier
- Stunning photographs of carriers, from the very first prototypes to today's state-of-the-art floating warships.
With informative appendices listing museums, web sites, books, and periodicals as sources for further exploration, Aircraft Carriers is an invaluable reference.