First, there is this link to a Forbes article about aircraft carriers.
Second, there is this personal postscript — The article reminds me that I spent much of my working life in the U.S. Navy, and my twenty-five years in uniform included three tours of duty on aircraft carriers: Coral Sea, Ranger, and Kitty Hawk. However, I confess that I know not very much about the history of those kinds of ships. In fact, being a black shoe sailor — not an aviator — I also know too little about the complex design, engineering, and operation of those ships. Well, it’s too late for this old sea dog to learn new tricks. Such is life.