“When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington, it is no accident that the first question that comes to everybody’s lips is “Where is the nearest carrier?”
- Bill Clinton, 12.3.1993, quoted on The U.S. Navy
, the official website of the United States Navy.[/I]
This book takes the form of an anthology of personal reminiscences by those involved in a century of naval aviation- ships’ personnel as well as aircrew - covering, from Eugene Ely and the very first dope and piano wire machines to the vastly complicated technology of modern air warfare and nuclear-powered ships. Fourteen nations have operated aircraft carriers (six have dropped out) and they are about to be joined by China. Most of the accounts in this book are British or American, for obvious reasons, but Australia, France, Italy and Japan are also represented. The narrative is linked by the editor’s historical overview which sets the external contributions in context.