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History Of The Fleet Air Arm:- From Kites To Carriers

By William Finnis

ISBN: 9781840371826
PUBLISHED: February 2001
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 82 b/w photographs + 19 line drawings

The Royal Navy's first tentative investigation into airborne craft was in 1903 when research into the use of kites for observation and as radio aerial supports was carried out. Since then aviation has played a steadily increasing part in naval warfare.

In this history of the Fleet Air Arm we learn of the successes and disappointments of the service, moments that made a dramatic impact such as Taranto and the sinking of the Bismarck, and also the theatres of war that were a long wearisome vigil, such as the battle of the North Atlantic, the Russian convoys and the fight for Malta. Post-war years saw the service in action in Korea and the Falkland Islands, and it was here in the Southern Hemisphere that the importance of seaborne aircraft was most importantly demonstrated, for without them we could not have won back those islands.

Bill Finnis has written this informative and entertaining history as one who saw wartime service and has an insider's knowledge of the workings and tradition of the FAA.

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