Just out, this eBook tells the story of British Naval Aviation, and a gripping story it is.
Fly Navy 100 will celebrate one hundred years of the Fleet Air Arm in May 2009.
The full story of British Naval Aviation starts during the Napoleonic Wars at the start of the Nineteenth Century.
Since 1908, the Royal Navy has fought a continuing battle to retain or regain control of naval aviation. Royal Navy aviators have been transfered into the Army’s Royal Flying Corps, then back under Admiralty service when the Royal Naval Air Service was formed one month before the outbreak of war in 1914, then transferred into the newly formed Royal Air Force in 1918, before returning to the Royal Navy in 1937 as the Fleet Air Arm.
The author has begun with the papers of Admiral Thomas Cockrane, followed the use of balloons and man-carrying kites, into the story of powered naval flight, two World Wars and a selection of other conflicts in which British Naval Aviation has played an important role. The author then continues on into the future with new carriers, supersonic STOVL fighters and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that are starting to take over roles from manned naval aircraft.
The eBook contains a great many images, including images that have never been seen by the public before.
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