Nighthawk Publishing Book Launch – One Hundred Years of British Naval Aviation

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One Hundred Years of British Naval Aviation
Revised and expanded edition (First edition December 2008), By Ian Johnstone-Bryden

ISBN 1-84280-128-7 More than 270 photographs and drawings 352 pages

The first RN and RM officers began flying training in March 1911 and that marks the start of one hundred years of British naval flight.

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One Hundred Years of British Naval Aviation
Revised and expanded edition (First edition December 2008), By Ian Johnstone-Bryden

ISBN 1-84280-128-7 More than 270 photographs and drawings 352 pages

  • Thomas Cochrane may have written a paper advocating naval aviation two hundred years ago,
  • Naval officers may have made a number of balloon flights in borrowed balloons from the 1860s,
  • The Royal Navy may have begun trials of towed man-carrying kites from 1903,
  • The 1909 Admiralty Estimates may have included funds for the ill-fated HM Airship 1 “Mayfly”,
  • BUT the first RN and RM officers began flying training in March 1911 and that marks the start of one hundred years of British naval flight.

2011 marks the possible reduction of British naval aviation below the critical mass necessary to maintain a viable military force.

The author has revised the First Edition of his British naval aviation book that was published in December 2008 ahead of the Official Fly Navy 100 Centenary. This revised edition traces the history of British naval aviation from Napoleonic War frigate captain Thomas Cochrane to the 2011 Strategic Defence Review cuts and examines some of the possible futures for British naval aviation into the next one hundred years.

The author pulls no punches. This is a story of how British naval aviators have performed magnificently in the face of neglect and abuse by politicians.

Almost every major innovation in naval aviation has been introduced by British people, including:-
aircraft carriers, torpedo bombers, naval jet aircraft, steam catapults, angled flight decks, VSTOL jets, mirror landing sights, arrester wires, ski ramps, carrier task forces, strategic bombing, AEW helicopters, turboprop strike fighters, helicopter carriers, gas turbine carriers, mini-carriers, commando carriers, ASW cruisers

For Review copies and author interviews, contact NtHawk@firetrench.com

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