Innovation in Carrier Aviation
Innovation in Carrier Aviation,
by Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, the 37th monograph in our Newport Papers series, describes and analyzes how the three key innovations essential to the modern aircraft carrier—the steam catapult, angled flight deck, and mirror-light landing aid—were developed first by the Royal Navy and then quickly adopted by the U.S. Navy. Why, the authors ask, did the Royal Navy, which used U.S. aircraft and carrier doctrine, come out of the starting gate first when it came to adapting carriers to jet aircraft?
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