This is one of the most fascinating naval aviation histories because it is viewed through the lives of two brothers and written by the son of one of the brothers, who was himself a later naval aviator. The progress of naval aviation development from the 1930s to the 1970s was amazing and has been described as part of the telling of the stories of two aviators’ lives. – Much Recommended
NAME: Winged Brothers, Naval Aviation as Lived by Ernest and Macon Snowdon FILE: R2769 AUTHOR: Ernest Snowdon PUBLISHER: US Naval Institute Press BINDING: hard back PAGES: 256 PRICE: US$29.95 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: 40 years of naval aviation history, aircraft carriers, naval aircraft, pre-WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, propeller aircraft, jet aircraft, combat, Scapa Flow, Pacific, Indo China, Vietnam War, technology, naval architecture
IMAGE: B2769.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y9tnbpww LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most fascinating naval aviation histories because it is viewed through the lives of two brothers and written by the son of one of the brothers, who was himself a later naval aviator. The progress of naval aviation development from the 1930s to the 1970s was amazing and has been described as part of the telling of the stories of two aviators' lives. - Much Recommended The world of naval aviation in 1932 when Ernie Snowdon graduated was about to undergo significant change in a very short period of time. The British had already made considerable advances in the development of aircraft carriers before the end of World War One. Just prior to the creation of the RAF, by amalgamating the British Army Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy's Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Navy was planning a Carrier Task Force attack on the German High Seas Fleet in port. In WWII, that plan was dusted down and used for a surprise carrier attack on the Italian Fleet in port which gained months of superiority in the Mediterranean for the RN and was taken as a template by the Japanese for their surprise attack on the US Navy in port at Pearl Harbour. However, the biplane was still the common aircraft format in the early 1930s. Ernie flew float planes from capital ships before joining a dive bomber squadron and serving in Europe in 1942 and in the Pacific, serving on in a changing naval aviation force to command a carrier in 1954. An impressive career that saw an all monoplane prop driven service replacing the last biplanes and in turn being replaced by ever faster and heavier jets. His career overlapped that of his brother Mac who graduated in 1946 and moved rapidly from the Corsair to the jet Panther and then worked his way through the generations of jets that followed, serving in Vietnam and commanding USS Guadalcanal. This overlapping story uniquely tells of the major changes in naval aviation through their combined careers. There is a strong photo-plate section in illustration, but full colour images are confined to the dust jacket. An important and rewarding book.