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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