To Ascend from a Floating Base : Shipboard Aeronautics and Aviation, 1783 - 1914
Richard Dean Layman ( April 16th, 1928 - ? ) was born in Des Moines ( Iowa, United States ). He spent his boyhood in the state, later moving to Utah, where during the Second World War he became a newspaper reporter at the age of 14. He has worked in the newspaper business ever since, even during the years that he attended Weber Junior College ( Ogden, Utah ), and the University of Utah ( Salt Lake City ).
Richard D. Layman has been employed by the following newspapers :
- Sentinel as News Editor ( Midvale, Utah, 1948 - 1949 ).
- Salt Lake Tribune as Copy Editor ( Salt Lake City, 1949 - 1951 ).
- Times as News Editor ( Sebastopol, California, 1951 ).
- News as News Editor ( Hemet, California, 1951 - 1953 ).
- Siskiyou Daily News as News Editor ( Yreka, California, 1953 - 1954 ).
- Indiana - Journal as Assistant News Editor ( San Rafael, California, 1954 - 1962 ).
- San Francisco Chronicle as Assistant Chief Copy Editor ( San Francisco, California, 1962 - 1991 ).
- Relevance ( Journal of The Great War Society ) as Copy Editor ( Palo Alto, California, since 1992 ).
- Over the Front as Issue Editor ( since 1992 ).
Since 1958, he has been investigating the origins and development of naval aeronautics and aviation during the period 1783 - 1928, with special attention to shipboard aviation and its influence on naval tactics, strategy and architecture. Richard D. Layman has published a couple of books on these matters, such as : Before the Aircraft Carrier : The Development of Aviation Vessels 1849 - 1922 ( 1989 ), Hybrid Warship : The Amalgamation of Big Guns and Aircraft ( with Stephen McLaughlin, 1991 ), Naval Aviation in the First World War : Its Impact and Influence ( 1996 ).
( sources : prabook.com, To Ascend from a Floating Base : Shipboard Aeronautics and Aviation, 1783 - 1914, www.amazon.com )