Compiled from documents in naval, maritime, and aerospace museums around the world, this is a unique look at the ships of sea, air, and space that have carried the name “Enterprise” – a name with a heritage spanning more than 800 hundred years, from the time of the Spanish Armada to the fictional future of Star Trek.
For the first time, these voyages are recounted in one concise volume that includes:
- A foreword by Admiral Richard H. Truly, who was a naval aviator aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and an astronaut who flew the prototype space shuttle Enterprise. He also flew into space aboard space shuttles Columbia and Challenger and later served as NASA’s Administrator.
- A detailed 130-page narrative history of the ships and their crews, covering the age of sail; the advent of steam, oil, and the atom; and mankind’s conquest of air and space.
- Almost 100 illustrations, including official photographs, art prints, and ship profile drawings, plus ship size comparison charts and ship timeline charts.
- An index to the 75 vessels that are discussed in the main narrative history, an appendix listing almost 200 vessels named “Enterprise,” and a roster of the commanding officers of the eight U.S. Navy vessels that have carried the name “Enterprise.”
- Extensive source reference notes and a bibliography listing more than 100 sources for further research.
This is a stirring tale of adventure, discovery, and courage, often told in the words of those who were there. This is a “must have” collector’s item for the naval history enthusiast, as well as for the Star Trek fan.