Air Warfare: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-2
Walter J. Boyne
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Air Warfare: An International Encyclopedia is the first encyclopedia to document the entire history of aerial combat, from the primitive biplanes of World War I to the sophisticated stealth fighters of the 21st century. The more than 900 entries, lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, cover it all -- the first, the fastest, the highest, the latest. More than 100 top international scholars and experts -- many with personal combat experience -- offer thoroughly researched, clearly written articles on the famous aces, designers, battles, air campaigns, weapons, and flying machines of air warfare's first 90 years.
Accessible to student, enthusiast, and scholar alike, Air Warfare provides the reader argument-settling expertise, lively and entertaining entries, and answers to thousands of questions: Who first used air power against civilians? How did a handful of Royal Air Force aces defeat the mighty Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain? Has bombing alone ever won a war? Where does the future of aerial warfare lie?
three central USAF combat commands of the Cold War, along with Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Tactical Air Command (TAC). ADC and TAC were soon overshadowed by SAC and sorely lacked for funding; as a result, in November 1948 both were folded into the newly created Continental Air Command (CONAC). ADC continued only as a planning command within CONAC and was abolished altogether in July 1950. In January 1951, however, in the wake of the first Soviet atomic test and massive increases in U.S.
seaplane carriers incorporated inclined foredeck runways from which seaplanes using wheeled trolleys could take off. Landplanes, offering superior performance, soon supplemented and later supplanted seaplanes, although their crews had to either ditch or attempt to reach land at the end of each mission. After successful 1917 experiments in landing small aircraft on existing runways, the Royal Navy refitted the converted large cruiser Furious with an aft landing deck, retain- Aircraft Carriers
military doctrines and new relationships among the armed forces of a nation; new air warfare capabilities require different planning efforts to maximize the political utility and military power of the evolving force, including air, land, and sea elements; new capabilities afford new concepts of operations and, potentially, less predictable approaches to dealing with enemy forces; incrementalism does not suffice. A viewpoint suggesting that ideas relating to air warfare are more conventional holds
warfighting needs of the ground forces. Such historical development and the continuing imperatives of traditional ground warfare have limited, in many regards, the potential of air forces to fully exploit the different capabilities inherent in air operations. These limits are not solely military. In most nations military tradition is embodied in its army. In those few nations with a civil and military seafaring history, the navy may get equal opportunity; nevertheless, for purposes of military
decorated with the Military Cross.) While flying the notorious Royal Aircraft Factory RE 8 (the “Harry Tate”) he forced an enemy aircraft down and was awarded a bar to his Military Cross. He was wounded, then transferred to become an instructor pilot, a fact that probably saved his life, for it gave him experience and seasoning that would serve him well when he joined the famous RAF No. 56 squadron in October 1917. He immediately began his scoring and in the next year achieved 50 victories,