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With its focus on the human aspects of carrier life and naval aviation, this wide-ranging anthology will appeal to veterans and serving personnel, naval historians and enthusiasts..... ....2009 was the year of celebration for the Fleet Air Arm's 100 years anniversary. With hugely enjoyable events it also served to attract a whole array of books ranging from the fairly good through to those frankly impossible to review, bad as they were, being so inaccurate and having obviously been quickly produced to gather a market. No such worries exist in considering this superb offering for the celebration of the anniversary of THE Naval Aviation milestone in 2010.... Recommended? Certainly! This is a book certainly not to be missed. --Reviewed by Peter Rickard for Fleet Air Arm Officers' Association
...It is a tribute to Jean Hood that this book is not just a random selection from various Museum archives and biographies. The accounts really do cover every facet of carrier life and operations, and succeed in both educating and entertaining. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and highly recommended. --Peter Wykeham-Martin for RN Museum Journal, RNSA journal and Warship World, November2010
...the definitive book on life in the capital ship of the past 70 or so years. --Navy News, October 2010
About the Author
Jean Hood is an acclaimed writer and historian. She formerly worked as Information Officer at Lloyd's Register of Shipping, and has published widely on maritime and naval subjects. Her work typically focuses on human stories of conflict and tragedy, incorporating eyewitness accounts and detailed research to cast new light on historical incidents. Her first non-fiction book, Marked for Misfortune, concerned the wreck of the East Indiaman Winterton. She is also the author of Trafalgar Square, Come Hell and High Water (published in paperback as Wreck) and the highly-praised anthologies Submarine and Carrier. Her latest project, War Correspondent, accompanies a major IWM exhibition and was published in May 2011.'
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With personal stories from American, Australian, British, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese and New Zealand personnel, we are treated to just about every aspect of what it takes to fly aircraft from ships from those early days right up to the humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti in 2010.
With those earliest flights requiring an aircraft to land in the sea before being recovered by crane (or not!), to the angled and sloping flight decks and from early string bags to vertical take off and landing aircraft, we are treated to the private recollections, thoughts and experiences of those who were there at every level. Even the female Master Chef aboard the USS Ronald Reagan is mentioned.
By 1939, only four nations in the world operated aircraft carriers. They were USA, Britain, Japan and France - although the single French carrier remained interned in a neutral port throughout the second world war and saw no action. When that war was concluded, only the USA and Britain had an effective carrier force. From here we discover the remarkable difference between the USA's first aircraft carrier (USS Langley) - a converted collier with a flat deck running above her entire superstructure and the USS Lexington - commissioned only 7 years later and looking almost exactly how a modern aircraft carrier might look today. Altogether an incredible example of carrier design, technology and construction proceeding at a furious pace.
In a book which has been carefully thought out and skilfully designed, we start right at the beginning with sections on those early days of maritime aviation. This is where each man's personal vision of the future is brought to life so that we may marvel, not only at their foresight, but also at their sheer guts! Then it is on to WW1 and the inter-war years before proceedings are recorded year by year and event by event right up to 2010.
Whilst the United States is rightly able to boast a larger fleet of this particular type of ship than any other nation and has, therefore, been at the forefront of carrier operations, design and technology ever since their first seaplane carrier entered service, this book is not just about that particular mighty fleet of ships from yesterday and today but about the "industry" as a whole.
I am particularly pleased, therefore, to find experiences of French aviators during the first Indo-China War (the war that preceded the Vietnam War) and of an Indian Navy rear admiral during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. From Korea to the Falklands and from Bosnia to both Gulf wars and finally to the enormous relief effort in Haiti, we learn what individual people actually did when they "did their bit." Whether they were the Admiral in charge of the fleet, aircrew commander or employed to feed the troops, they were each a cog (albeit some big and some small) in a huge wheel which needed all its cogs to fully function in order to remain effective. And these are their own individual stories. Each recounted in such excellent fashion, not only do I consider this book a triumph of research and presentation, it is also a truly fascinating read that is hard to put down.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I found it so interesting to read about other eras of flight deck operations and the actions of other nations. The article including the Captains letter after the attack on Illustrious and how he felt was very moving and informative. Also the reports by the Japanese aircrew who took part in the attack on Pearl Harbour were very very interesting. All in all I highly recommend this book to anyone who has served in the Navy and especially anyone who has served on a flight deck. There are so many things which you will read and you will say. " I know just what he is talking about."
To cover the different eras from the very first take-offs from a ship to latest must have taxed the editor Jean Hood, but she has done it brilliantly covering not only the men on the flight deck but also the men below who kept the carriers going.
I also like the format where you can read it as long as you like and then put it down and come back to it. Most of the experiences and anecdotes are not over long. Therefore it can be read when ever you have a short time or 5 minuets to spare.
It will bring back so many memories to men such as myself and yet to others who have never worked on a flight deck, it will give an idea of what it was like and to get a feel of an operational flight deck. A thing which when in full flood was like a very,noisy,fast and beautifully choreographed ballet.
A must for any RN/FAA enthusiast.
A well written and very interesting book.
This is nowhere near as tightly focused as Hood's other anthology "Submarine" and suffers a bit as a result, I think, with the wider scope making for a patchier book. Throw in the fact that with an aircraft carrier by definition you need to consider the pilots as well as - or more than - the ship jockeys, and you end up with a lot of stories without much in common.
But what a lot of stories it is! There is the early days of taking off and landing on makeshift carriers, to the first "no see 'ums" of WWII, and the Falklands conflict, together with a host of other incidents. I think the only thing missing was a definate lack of Soviet perspectives from the Cold War and beyond. This is an ambitious collection, and to succeed as much as it does it a miracle.
PS - No relation to reviewer Ned, as far as I know.
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