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    DescriptionThe Forrestal class (Forrestal, Saratoga, Ranger, and Independence) was the first completed class of US Navy supercarriers, so-named for their 25 percent size increase over the World War II-era carriers such as the Midway class, and the strength of their air wings (80-100 aircraft, compared to 65-75 for the Midway, and fewer than 50 for the Essex class). Design-wise, the Forrestals were a huge improvement over their predecessors, being more stable and comfortable, while maintaining advancements such as the armored flight decks that had been introduced with the Midway. The Kitty Hawk class was an improvement on the Forrestal-class designs, and four were built in the 1960s - Kitty Hawk, Constellation, America and John F. Kennedy. These were even longer than the Forrestals, and fitted with advanced defensive weapons systems and an improved elevator layout. All nine of the carriers covered by this volume are icons, and hold a much-respected place in US naval history. They are also some of the more well-known vessels outside of the military, for their long service histories, as well as for some of the more unfortunate events that seem to follow them.

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    US Cold War Aircraft Carriers
    Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise Classes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brad Elward, Illustrated by Paul Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 140 g
    ISBN 13: 9781782003809
    ISBN 10: 1782003800

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    Illustrations note
    20 MONO; 28 COL
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    18 March 2014
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    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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)
    Table of contents
    Origins of the Super Carrier (World War II Carriers; The Midway Class Battle Carrier; The USS United States)/ The Forrestal Class (Carrier Structures; The Flight Deck and Hangar Bay; Launch and Recovery Operations; Significant Structures; Defensive Systems; Electronic Systems and Radar; USS Forrestal; USS Saratoga; USS Ranger; USS Independence)/ The Kitty Hawk Class (Major Differences from Forrestal Class; USS Kitty Hawk; USS Constellation; USS America; USS John F. Kennedy)/ Enterprise - A Class of Its Own (Design and Development; Electronic Systems and Radar; Propulsion)/ Operational History (The Forrestal and Enterprise Fires; Carrier Air Wing Evolution)