Nuclear Weapons and Aircraft Carriers
Jerry Miller talked about his book, Nuclear Weapons and Aircraft Carriers: How the Bomb Saved Naval Aviation, published by Smithsonian Institution Press. The author, retired after a career as a Navy officer, wrote that the emergence of the nuclear weapon near the end of World War II put the future of aircraft carriers in jeopardy. Due to the extreme weight of the weapons, it was originally thought that only land-based aircraft could carry these massive weapons. The author asserted that it wasn’t until several high-ranking Naval officers argued on behalf of the role the Navy could play in the nuclear arena, that carriers became a necessary element in the delivery of nuclear weapons. After the presentation the author answered questions from members of the audience. close
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