By M. H. Norris
Plane layout 1 (1998) 105—123
In his evaluate of the Navy’s carrier-based help airplane, Mr. Norris presents an exceptional outline
of the genesis of provider aviation standards within the conventional undertaking parts of surveillance,
reconnaissance, floor struggle, undersea conflict, digital battle, and logistics help. But
even extra vital, he presents a willing perception into the evolving roles and missions of naval forces
as we input the twenty first Century.
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A brief look at the legacy and future of the United States Navy’s carrier-based support aircraft by M. H. Norris