Two Navies Second to None

The Development of U.S. and British Naval Air Power

Adam Charnaud

A wide-ranging history of the parallel development of the US Navy and Royal Navy and maritime airpower over the 20th century
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August 2021
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In the early 20th century Britain opted for a third fighting force, an air force, and America was experimenting with the world’s first vessel with turbo electric drive, Jupiter, a 20,000-ton collier, subsequently converted as their first aircraft carrier, Langley.

A century later America has the capability to launch between 90 and 120 attack aircraft from each of its 16 nuclear carriers, which vessels refuel every twenty-five years, while Britain has a couple of turbo electric drive oil-fired carriers which are only able to operate aircraft with vertical flying capability.

Two Navies Second to None compares the development of maritime air power in the British and American navies across the 20th and 21st centuries.


1. Unheralded Beginning
2. Forthright Development
3. The R.A.F. “Unity of the Air”
4. Foundation of the U.S.N.
5. Promising Naval Experience
6. Continuing Naval Experience
7. Fuel Oil at the Ocean Battle Front
8. Replenishment at Sea
9. The U.S.N. Second to None
10. The British Pacific Fleet and beyond

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