Naval Institute Press, Maryland, 1st ed., 2012. Xx + 322 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some ills. D.j., 26 x 18cm. FINE. From its birth in 1911 through the end of World War I, the early history of naval aviation was shared by pioneers from all three branches of the sea services : Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. During this period, all naval aviators flew Navy aircraft on Navy missions from Navy ships and air stations, commanded by Navy and Coast Guard aviators. Working as a unified team, the three sea services nurtured naval aviation from its humble beginnings to a force needed to fight in a war. With nearly 300 vintage photographs, this book presents a complete picture of naval aviation’s rapid development between 1911 and 1938. It sheds new light on the inventions of the float plane and flying boat and why the flying boat was considered more seaworthy and reliable.