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World War I Seaplane and Aircraft Carriers

Mark Lardas Paul Wright

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Osprey
28 September 2016
History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; First World War; Air forces & warfare
In 1910 the first aircraft was successfully launched from a small wooden platform on a stationary ship. Just four years later, seaplane-carrying warships were being used to launch the first naval air raids, and by 1918 the first aircraft carrier to feature a full-length flight deck was in service. High quality artwork and historical photographs help author Mark Lardas tell the fascinating story of the pioneering years of naval aviation, covering such historic clashes as the Japanese siege of Tsingtao, the British raid against German Zeppelin bases at Cuxhaven and the Battle of Jutland, which saw the first airplane take part in a naval battle. Through detailed analysis he explores their development from hastily adapted merchant ships to the launch of HMS Argus, the first aircraft carrier to have a full-length flight deck, and shows how they paved the way for the aircraft carriers of the future.
By:   Mark Lardas
Illustrated by:   Paul Wright
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   238
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   169g
ISBN:   9781472813787
ISBN 10:   1472813782
Series:   New Vanguard
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   28 September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction /Design and Development of Seaplane Carriers /The Royal Navy's Aircraft Carriers /Operational History /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeler, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modeling as well as naval, maritime, and military history. Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.

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. . . even the experienced aviation enthusiast may find interesting perspectives here. - <i>Warship International</i>


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