The Golden Age Remembered: U.S. Naval Aviation, 1919-1941 (Hardback)E.T. Wooldridge (editor)
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Not only does the book fill a void in the history of US naval aviation, but it is the first to include the reminiscences of legendary pilots, engineers, and innovators who were leaders in the development of aircraft carriers, rigid airships, and long-range flying boats. Wooldridge's well-researched, flowing narrative is seasoned with the intimacy and immediacy of firsthand experience and friendship with many of the unforgettable speed seekers, death-defying test pilots, and indomitable aviation personalities. Rear Adm. Alfred M. Pride, Tommy Tomlinson, and Admirals Jimmy Thach and Thomas Moorer, to name but a few, relive in their own words the creation of naval aviation tactics and doctrine and the dramatic improvements in technology that helped secure victory in World War II. From the unforgettable voyage of the NC-4 across the Atlantic in May 1919 to the last bows of the memorable Curtiss Helldiver, as war approached, US Navy aviators, explorers, and pioneers led the way, their names and deeds indelibly imprinted in the record books and on the American consciousness.
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Number of pages: 323
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 x 33 mm