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Author Name:    HOBBS, David

Title:   Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies : The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia from World War I to the Present

Publisher:    Greenhill Books / Stackpole Books, London / Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1996, ISBN:1853672521 

Seller ID:   104539

HOBBS, David, Commander, MBE, RN. Aircraft Carriers of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies : The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia from World War I to the Present. London : Greenhill Books / (Mechanicsburg), Pennsylvania : Stackpole Books, (1996). Pp (6),7-264. Illustrated. Index. Double Column. Largesquare 8vo, blue cloth, silver lettering to spine. "This is an unrivalled reference work containing details of all ships whose primary role has been to operate aircraft at sea. It includes ships from the British Royal Navy, the Royal Australian navy/Canadian Armed Forces and the Indian Navy, as well as many ships that originally served with the United States Navy. The 123ships covered range from Hermes, the first ships in the world to be design ed, ordered and built as an aircraft carrier, to today's Invincible, recently in service supporting British forces in former Yugoslavia. Comprehensivetechnical details of all the ships are given, with extensive service histo ries. As well as the conventional hull and armament facts, the author provides details of aircraft operating equipment such as catapults, arrester wires and lifts (much of which information has not been published before). He also lists the aircraft fuel capacities and weapon capacities of every ship." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. Introduction. Part 1.: Aircraff Carriers : Activity; Albion; Ameer; Arbiter; Archer; Argus (1918); Ark Royal (1938); Ark Royal (1955); Ark Royal (1985); Atheling; Attacker; Audacity; Avenger; Battler; Begum; Biter; Bonaventure; Bulwark; Campania (1944); Centaur;Chaser; Colossus; Courageous; Dashjer; Eagle (1924); Eagle (1951); Emperor ; Empress (1943); Fencer; Formidable; Furious; Glorious; Glory; Hermes (1924); Hermes (1959); Hunter; Illustrious (1940); Illustrious (1982); Implacable; Indefatiqable; Indomitable; Invincible; Khedive; Leviathan; Magnificent; Melbourne; Nabob; Nairana (1943); Ocean (1945); Ocean (91997); Patroller;Perseus; Pioneer; Premier; Pretoria Castle; Puncher; Pursuer; Queen; Rajah ; Ranee; Ravager; Reaper; Ruler; Searcher; Shah; Slinger; Smiter; Speaker; Stalker; Striker; Sydney; Thane; Theseus; Tracker; Triumph; Trouncer; Trumpeter; Unicorn; Venerable; Vengeance; Victorious; Vikrant; Vindex (1943); Vindictive; Warrior. Part 2: Seaplane Carriers : Albatross; Anne; Ark Royal (1914); Athene; Ben-My-Chree; Campania (1915); Empress (1914); Engadine (1914); Engadine (1941); Hermes (1899); Manxman; Nairana (1917); Pegasus; RavenII; Riviera; Vindex (1915). Part 3.: Helicopter Support and Training Ships : Kanimbla; Lofoten; Manoora. Part 4: Merchant Aircraft Carriers : Acavus; Adula; Alexia; Amastra; Ancylus; Argus (1987); Empire MacAlpine; Empire Ma cAndrew; Empire MacCabe; Empire MacCallum; Empire MacColl; Empire MacDermott; Empire Mackay; Empire MacKendrick; Empire MacMahon; Empire MacRae; Engadine (1967); Miralda; Rapana; Reliant. Appendices : 1. Aircraft Carriers Ordered but Not Completed. 2. Other Vessels Requisitioned for Use as Seaplane Carriers. 3. Vessels Requisitioned for Use as Balloon Carriers. 4. AircraftCarrier Flight Deck Recognition Letters. 5. Endurance Figures for Selected Aircraft Carriers. 6. Details for Selected Carrier-Borne Aircraft. 7. Samp le Flying Programmes. Of Canadian inerest : Bonaventure (pp 61-64); Warrior(pp 204-206); Magnificent (pp 130-134). ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL B E REQUIRED FOR ORDERS OUTSIDE CANADA DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. Inner hinges starting, else very good in dustjacket. 80.00

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