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Nuclear Weapons and Aircraft Carriers: How the Bomb Saved Naval Aviation Hardcover – April 17, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1560989448 ISBN-10: 1560989440 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press; First Edition edition (April 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560989440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560989448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Formerly commander of the U.S. Second Fleet and NATO striking forces in the Atlantic as well as the U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATO striking forces in the Mediterranean, Jerry Miller retired from the U.S. Navy in 1974. He spent most of his thirty-eight-year career as a fixed-wing pilot, seeing surface combat in a cruiser in the Pacific during World War II, becoming a fighter pilot and a commander of a fighter squadron during the Korean War, and commanding a carrier division during the Vietnam War. Since his retirement from active duty, Miller has used his extensive Navy experience in nuclear weapons targeting and delivery to serve as a national security consultant on arms control.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gordon I. Peterson on May 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At a time when the efficacy, utility, and survivability of the big-deck aircraft carrier and its multimission air wing are being challenged anew by armchair strategists and "inside-the-Beltway" analysts, retired Vice Adm. Gerald E. "Jerry" Miller has contributed an important perspective on how the Navy's post-World War II push to develop an aircraft and aircraft carrier capable of delivering a nuclear bomb paved the way for the design of the most effective and versatile platform for seaborne aviation in the world today--the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Miller documents each step along the way in an informative, narrative style for what might otherwise be an arcane and overly technical treatise on engineering-and-aeronautical design. He turns back the pages of history more than 50 years to the day that then-Cdr. Frederick Lincoln "..." Ashworth reported to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1944 to serve on the Manhattan Project then developing the first nuclear bomb. The need to document the story of the Navy's struggle to develop its post-war nuclear mission began with Miller's dialogue with Ashworth-himself a veteran combat aviator in the Pacific War.
The personalities, aircraft, ships, tactics, and targeting policies associated with the Navy's Cold War mission are all well-represented, including the famous "Revolt of the Admirals" that saw respected naval leaders like Adm. Arthur W. Radford, then-Capt. Arleigh A. Burke, and others risk their careers to argue for a new role for the Navy in transporting, targeting, and delivering nuclear weapons.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This well-researched account of the sobering impact of nuclear weapons development and procurement on the evolution of the U.S. military establishment is a must read for historians, defense contractors, aviators, officer candidates, weapons developers, lobbyists, and appropriations policymakers alike. The author provides a balanced view of the men, issues, and machines involved in building the most sophisticated hardware, training, and operations systems ever conceived for delivery of the world's most powerful weapons. The depiction of inter-service and intra-service rivalries during this period (1945-present) is skillfully presented with the very words of the participants. Not simply an historical account, the experienced insider's view of the author (VAdm. Gerald E. Miller) provides a no-nonsense perspective on how decisions were made in the past with implications for the future. Reading this book is like reading Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and wondering if our potential adversaries are learning more from it than we are ourselves. This book is a credit to the Smithsonian Institute Press - I hope to see more books of its caliber in the future.
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I served with Admiral (then Captain) Miller aboard USS Franklin D Roosevelt.
We were in the Med during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Oct 1962.
We had three "Whales" (A-3D Skywarriors) on the flight deck loaded with nuclear bombs, ready for instant launch.
A scary time. Adm Miller gives an interesting account of that era and the impact nuclear weapons had on Naval Aviation
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