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Articles on the birth of aviation and its commercial and military applications.  s

Articles on the birth of aviation and its commercial and military applications.  s


operation desert storm

Operation Desert Storm: US Air Power on Full Display

The following article on Operation Desert Storm is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime invaded Kuwait, seeking to secure a greater share of…

operation praying mantis

Operation Praying Mantis: US Retribution Against Iran

The following article on Operation Praying Mantis is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Western and allied navies participated in the Persian Gulf “tanker war” during the mid to late 1980s, protecting…

f-14 tomcat

F-14 Tomcat: The Supersonic Fighter

The following article on the F-14 Tomcat is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The most significant aircraft of the immediate post-Vietnam period was Grumman’s two-seat F-14 Tomcat, featuring variables weep wings.…

russian aircraft carriers

Russian Aircraft Carriers: From the Cold War to Today

The following article on Russian aircraft carriers is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. During the Cold War the Soviet Navy was caught between communist dogma and nautical reality. Though Russia had…

aerial refueling

Aerial Refueling: Increasing Military Aircraft Flight-Time

The following article on aerial refueling is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Jet aircraft brought unparalleled performance to carrier aircraft, but at a price. Aside from the difficulty of landing…

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Angled Deck Carriers: An Innovation in Naval Flight

The following article on angled deck aircraft carriers is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Early in the jet era of the 1950s, higher speeds presented a challenge in carrier landings. It…

supersonic jets

Supersonic Jets: Breaking the Sound Barrier

The following article on supersonic jets is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The 1950s brought immense change to carrier aviation: angled decks, mirror landing systems, steam catapults, and supersonic jets. Many…

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USS Forrestal (CVA-59): First Angled-Deck Carrier

The following article on the USS Forrestal is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In 2001 retired Vice Admiral Jerry Miller reflected, “If the Forrestal had not been successful, it is quite…

korean war aircraft

Korean War Aircraft: An Evolution in Flight

The following article on Korean War aircraft is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When communist North Korea’s forces smashed southward across the thirty-eighth parallel on June 25, 1950, U.S. naval aviation…

close air support

Close Air Support (CAS): Its Korean War Origin

The following article on Close Air Support (CAS) is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman's book On Wave and Wing: The 100 Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier. It is available to order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the wake of World War Two, the value of carrier aviation was proven repeatedly, to the…

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