Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers (Paperback)

By Brad Elward, Paul Wright (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), 9781846037597, 48pp.

Publication Date: November 23, 2010



The Nimitz class aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of the United States superpower status. A true behemoth, this is an unsurpassed weapons platform that overshadows all of its nearest rivals. A history of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, with runways over 300 meters long, this book looks at the development and deployment of the nuclear-powered Nimitz class aircraft carriers from 1975 when the USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the class, was commissioned, to the present day.

All of the class are still operational and the tenth and last of the class, the USS George H. W. Bush, was commissioned in 2009. Here, Brad Elward provides a detailed overview of their design and development, highlighting their unique features, from jet blast deflectors to cutting edge radar systems, and a history of the Nimitz class in service, from deployment in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, through to the enforcement of the no fly zone over Bosnia.

About the Author

Brad Elward is an attorney practicing appellate law in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He is also a freelance writer of military aviation books and articles, having published five books and over twenty military aviation articles. His books have covered the Navy F-4 Phantom II and A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam and the history of the F/A-18 Hornet. Brad's articles, written largely for Combat Aircraft, World Air Power Journal, and International Air Power Review, have focused on the Hornet and Super Hornet, the electronic-warfare variant EA-18G, the S-3 Viking and P-3 Orion, and the F-14 Tomcat. He has also written on the B-1, B-2, and various missile programs.

Praise For Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carriers

"I would highly recommend this book to any modeler wanting reference to the aircraft carriers of the Nimitz class, or to any person who is interested in the history of aircraft carriers as a whole. The art and photography are very good ... the book is well written and informative." -Scott Hollingshead, IPMS/USA

"Elward, a published aviation historian, leads off with an excellent discussion of the origins of the Nimitz-class supercarrier, followed by a detailed description of the ship itself ... The book is filled with excellent photographs and rawings that show how the various carriers of this class developed. This is a nice reference book that aviation historians should keep handy."
-Doug Siegfried. The Hook (Summer 2012)