Thomas Wildenberg is an independent historian and scholar with special interests in aviators, naval aviation, and technological innovation in the military. He has written extensively about the U.S. Navy during the interwar period. His articles have appeared in several scholarly journals including the Journal of Military History, American Neptune, and U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He is also the author of six books on U.S. naval history covering such varied topics as replenishment at sea, the development of dive bombing and the history of the torpedo in the U. S. Navy. These include: Gray Steel and Black Oil, Destined for Glory, Mitchell's War with the Navy, Ship Killer and Striking the Hornet's Nest.