To Ascend from a Floating Base : Shipboard Aeronautics and Aviation, 1783 - 1914

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This interesting book - which contains some photographs and detailed texts - is a study about the development of naval aviation, from 1783 to 1914.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used
Number of pages 271
Published date 1979
Languages English
Size 15 x 22 x 3 cm
Author R.D. Layman
Editor Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Description

More than a century before the flight - deck aircraft carrier came to rule the seas in World War II, navies were confronted with the possibility that aerial vehicles could serve the surface warship. This book describes how navies of the world responded to that challenge by attempts, many long relegated to historical obscurity, to use ships as " floating bases " for aerial craft. It relates when, where, by whom, and for what purpose the combination of aerial and water craft was theorized upon, experimented with, or operationally employed, from the introduction of the spherical hydrogen balloon to the eve of World War I, a period the author calls the " prehistory " of naval aviation.

 

( ... ) The story is told against the background of the general development of naval aviation and the growth of aircraft as weapons of war. The work concludes with an analysis of the strength and status of naval aviation at the start of the World War I and of the position it occupied in prewar naval thinking. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
R.D. Layman

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 )

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