Book ID: CBB463803655

Fighters over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War (2016)


Friedman, Norman (Author)

Naval Institute Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 460 pp.
Language: English

Fighters Over the Fleet is an account of the parallel evolution of naval fighters for fleet air defense and the ships they sought to defend. This volume concentrates on the three main advocates of carrier warfare: the Royal Navy, the U.S. Navy, and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Because radar was not invented until the mid-1930s, fleet air defense was a primitive effort for flyers during the 1920s. Once the innovative system was developed and utilized, organized air defense became viable. Thus major naval - air battles of the Second World War - like Midway, the "Pedestal" convoy, the Philippine Sea and Okinawa - are portrayed as tests of the new technology. However, even radar was ultimately found wanting by the Kamikaze campaigns, which led to postwar moves toward computer control and new kinds of fighters. After 1945, the novel threats of nuclear weapons and stand-off missiles compounded the difficulties of naval air defense. The second half of the book covers the U.S. and Royal Navies' attempts to resolve these problems by examining the U.S. experience in Vietnam and British operations during the Falklands War. The book then turns to the ultimate U.S. development of techniques and technology to fight the Outer Air Battle in the 1980s before concluding with the current state of technology supported carrier fighters. (Worldcat)

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Review Joseph Romito (Fall 2017) Review of "Fighters over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War". Air Power History (p. 54). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Endicott, Stephen
Hagerman, Edward
Wildenberg, Thomas
Polmar, Norman
Neer, Robert M.
Field, Alexander J.
Air Power History
Cold War History
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
Pen and Sword Books
Indiana University Press
Naval Institute Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Yale University Press
Oxford University Press
Military technology
Technology and war; technology and the military
Fighter planes
Aircraft; airplanes
Development of technology; change in technology
Cold War
Krushchev, Nikita
Fokker, Anthony Herman Gerard
Holley, I. B., Jr. (Irving Brinton), 1919-2013
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Soviet Union
United States Air Force (USAF)
United States Marine Corps
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
United States Space Force (USSF)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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