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  • Taschenbuch: 48 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (18. März 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1782003800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782003809
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 0,5 x 24,8 cm
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"A companion to the author’s earlier book on the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, this book covers the earlier supercarriers built during the Cold War, the four Forrestal- and four Kitty Hawk-class carriers and the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise, the last of which was retired in 2012. These carriers were the first designed after World War II and were large enough to more safely handle large jet aircraft and ease deck-handling and sortie generation. Four steam catapults, four flight-deck elevators, a spacious armored flight deck and a high capacity for aircraft made them highly efficient war machines. They participated heavily in the air campaign in Southeast Asia and in other flare-ups of the Cold War era. The book details the development of the carriers and describes the history of each in detail, accompanied by color photos and several original works of art."
- Seapower Magazine (July / August 2014)

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Brad Elward is an attorney-at-law based in Peoria, Illinois. He has broken into aviation journalism in the past years, having written several volumes on post-war naval aviation and having work published in such erstwhile periodicals as World Air Power Journal. The author lives in Peoria, IL.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ned Middleton am 18. März 2014
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Once again I find a title from within this series of books from which I have been able to learn a great deal. In a work measuring 9¾ x 7¼ in. (248 x 184 mm) and containing only 48 pages of text, this is not intended as the definitive work on the aircraft carriers in question (Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise classes). Nevertheless, it does score heavily for being probably the best introduction to the subject you are likely to find and that is always welcome.

In addition to the usual Contents, Bibliography and Index, the main chapters are divided into: Origins of the Carrier and Supercarrier, The Forrestal Class (sub-divided into; Forrestal as built, Structures, Flight Deck & Hangars, Launch & Recovery, Stores, Defensive Systems, Electronics & Radar and Propulsion), The Forrestal Carriers (4 named vessels), The Kitty Hawk Class, (Main differences from Forrestal Class, Defensive Armament, Dimensions & Displacement, Propulsion, Electronics & Radar, the USS America and USS John F. Kennedy), The Kitty Hawk and John F. Kennedy Carriers (another four named vessels), The Enterprise Class (Propulsion, Stores, Flight Deck & Island, Defensive Armament and USS Enterprise).

Another reason why this series of books are so popular is for the way in which the overall focus is carefully planned in order to provide the best possible introduction to the subject in addition to including all relevant information. If you know nothing whatsoever about these classes of aircraft carrier - this is probably the best place to start.

In the opening chapter we are treated to a relatively simple introduction to the subject followed by the origins of the aircraft carrier. Surprising as it may seem to some, this very concept first emerged as early as the 1890s!
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With outstanding illustrations. 18. März 2014
Von Ned Middleton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Once again I find a title from within this series of books from which I have been able to learn a great deal. In a work measuring 9¾ x 7¼ in. (248 x 184 mm) and containing only 48 pages of text, this is not intended as the definitive work on the aircraft carriers in question (Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise classes). Nevertheless, it does score heavily for being probably the best introduction to the subject you are likely to find and that is always welcome.

In addition to the usual Contents, Bibliography and Index, the main chapters are divided into: Origins of the Carrier and Supercarrier, The Forrestal Class (sub-divided into; Forrestal as built, Structures, Flight Deck & Hangars, Launch & Recovery, Stores, Defensive Systems, Electronics & Radar and Propulsion), The Forrestal Carriers (4 named vessels), The Kitty Hawk Class, (Main differences from Forrestal Class, Defensive Armament, Dimensions & Displacement, Propulsion, Electronics & Radar, the USS America and USS John F. Kennedy), The Kitty Hawk and John F. Kennedy Carriers (another four named vessels), The Enterprise Class (Propulsion, Stores, Flight Deck & Island, Defensive Armament and USS Enterprise).

Another reason why this series of books are so popular is for the way in which the overall focus is carefully planned in order to provide the best possible introduction to the subject in addition to including all relevant information. If you know nothing whatsoever about these classes of aircraft carrier - this is probably the best place to start.

In the opening chapter we are treated to a relatively simple introduction to the subject followed by the origins of the aircraft carrier. Surprising as it may seem to some, this very concept first emerged as early as the 1890s! That famous first take off from the modified deck of USS Birmingham is also mentioned. Having set the scene, we then find a very clear explanation of the subject - class by class and vessel by vessel within that class, whilst dwelling on various differences as we move forward. I am certain those readers who are far more expert than myself will understand more fully the reasons why this was changed and that was modified as design techniques progressed.

The entire product is lavishly illustrated. In addition to the plentiful supply of photographs (historic and modern), we also find the 3 types of illustration which are the hallmark of this particular series: Firstly, there are side and deck profiles for each class of ship. Secondly, there are 2 paintings of carriers underway at sea (USS Saratoga with S-3 Viking aircraft on the flight deck - with one in the foreground having just taken off and USS America with A-6E Intruder and A-7E Corsair II aircraft on the flight deck). Finally, across pages 28-29, there is a remarkable cutaway diagrammatical picture of USS Forrestal - looking towards the stern, showing aircraft and their attendant vehicles both above and below decks.

Altogether, quite educational.

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This book is a disaster 20. März 2014
Von David C. Nilsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I received this book in the mail today, and within five minutes of leafing through it am disgusted, and I've only gotten to page 18.

The first color plate, USS Ranger, shows her with all four 5"/54s aft and a Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow forward. She never had this configuration. She was down to two 5" aft before Sea Sparrows were installed, and the guns were removed in the same 1977-78 overhaul when the Mk 29s were installed. The painting is actually a line-for-line color version of the A.D. Baker drawing in Friedman's U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, labeled "November 1973," and either the artist or author misinterpreted the drawing to imagine a Mk 29 where there was none. The first production Mk 29s were not produced until 1975 in any case. I gave the erroneous painting a little bit of a pass, as in painting-oriented books like these (also Squadron/Signal books) the artists routinely don't know anything about the ships they are painting, and often appear to have had no contact with the authors, so I generally don't blame the author (also see UPDATE below). But as Osprey books used to be thought of as references for modelers, this sloppiness is not acceptable. They really need to make a better effort to create new art that can be trusted.

But then on page 18 the author asserts that the Forrestals were originally built with "eight Mk 12 single-mount 5in/38 caliber guns." No, everyone knows that they were built with eight Mk 42 5"/54s, I knew that when I was a little kid. (Also there is no such thing as a "Mk 12" mount. "Mk 12" is the designation for the 1934 gun by itself.) If you don't know the difference between 5"/38s and 5"/54s you have no business writing books about ships. The author then goes on to claim that when the guns were removed they were replaced with Terrier guided missiles, a preposterous engineering assertion, not to mention plain wrong. Forrestals never carried Terriers, only the K Hawks did. (This is comparable to writing about the 1968 Ford Mustang Station Wagon with Z71 suspension package.)

With that kind of appalling, inexplicable error, there is no way I can recommend this book. Any other statement in the book I would have to double-check before I accepted it, so why own this book?

I have been a big advocate and defender of Osprey books in these Amazon reviews. They're small and cheap but full of lots of good information and pretty pictures, but come on, this is only a 48 page book, and it's only about 9 ships. Is it that hard to get it right? This was researched about as well as a throw-away magazine article.

Osprey, are you really in such a hurry to crank out these titles that you can't hire authors or editors that know their subject matter? This is pathetic. I will say this for the author, he does know how to correctly refer to a ship, by her name, without constantly cramming "the" in front of it. He does insist on calling them "it," however.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Unless you're looking for untrustworthy information that you have to buy other books to compare it against, then knock yourself out.

UPDATE: Fearing that I might have been too hard on this book due to my irritation, I went back and flipped through the rest of it. Some of the highlights: The color plate of JFK has catapult 3 running from the waist off the bow, the centerfold cutaway does not show Forrestal's third rudder mentioned in the text, the VF-103 F-14 from Saratoga lost in Desert Storm is misidentified as being from VF-101 (the Oceana Fleet Replacement Squadron), reference to Operation Desert Fox has the wrong year, misidentifies the "CV concept" as "CVW concept," misstates the difference between 600 and 1200 psi steam plants, refers to the Gallery Deck as "Galley Deck." The photograph captions are particularly awful. They consistently misidentify Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers as "Mk 25" (Mk 25 is the BPDMS launcher), misidentify a CCA dome as SATCOM, and don't know how to name aspects of a ship, inventing tortuous terms like "forward-quarter starboard" for starboard bow, and "forward-quarter port-side" for port bow. Finally, on page 19 the 5"/54 guns on Ranger are TWICE more misidentified as 5"/38s (for a total of three times in two pages).

Interestingly, the text claims that Enterprise's original ECM dome (which it calls "ECM radar," there is no such thing) rotated. I've never heard that before, and given the trouble they took to install the non-rotating phased array SPS-32 and 33 think it is unlikely, and given the poor quality of the rest of the book's information, see no reason to take the author's word for it. My earlier assessment is unchanged: This book is an amateurish mess, and the "information" presented in it us utterly unreliable.
Written in a hurry 22. Dezember 2014
Von Paolo Capoferro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm a fan of the Osprey Series (New Vanguard, Duel, Combat Aircraft, Air Vanguard) and I think their quality has been constantly improving. I like them, not because their depth of analysis, but because they are handy references.
I was really looking forward to get the book since it was announced last year; I got the ibook in mid March ordered from Amazon.it The initial impression was good.
Unfortunately, when reading it, several mistakes popped up:
page 4: the Gerald Ford Class arrangement is substantially different from the Kitty Hawk Class: CVN78 has only three elevators and is the major departure in layout since the Forrestal
page 12: the outbreak of the Korean War occurred June 25th, 1950 (not the 22nd)
page 38: the captions for the pictures are inverted
page 40/41: the aircraft on USS America are incorrectly identified (A3 and E2)
It really appears that the book was prepared in a hurry and not sufficiently rechecked. Several more mistakes are likely. Because of the above, no information the book provides can be fully trusted. The book fails its main purpose in being an handy reference for this specific and interesting subject.
Five Stars 21. Dezember 2014
Von John William Lewis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
An excellent addition to the series.
7 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
sent it back right away 25. März 2014
Von David C. Keim - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The quality of the original illustrations in this book are usually very poor. The CV-67 graphic leaves off cat 3 and its JBD as well as one of the arresting wires and then there is the landing zone markings – yikes. The text may not be much better. The only part I read so far was about CVN-65 and its section about reactor core refueling is error-full to the absurd. Probably the only useful informational value is in the US Navy supplied imagery. All in all, a pretty simple compilation of Wikipedia info.
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