Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 362 pages
he 20th century saw air power transformed from novelists' fantasy into stark reality. From string and canvas to precision weaponry and stealth, air power has progressed to become not only the weapon of first political choice, but often the only conceivable option. This rapid development has given rise to considerable debate and controversy with those holding entrenched views rarely slow to shout their case. Many myths have grown over the period, ranging from the once much vaunted ability of air power to win wars alone through to its impact as a coercive tool.

This volume examines the theory and practice of air power from its earliest inception. The contributors have been drawn from academia and the military and represent some of the world's leading proponents on the subject. All significant eras on air power employment are examined: some are evidently turning points, while others represent continuous development. Perhaps more importantly, the book highlights the areas that could be considered to be significant, and invites the reader to enter the debate as to whether it constitutes a continuum, a turning point, or indeed a revolution.
 

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Contents

The Development and
3
Challenge and Response in
21
A Very Modern Service
51
The Luftwaffe and Lessons Learned in the Spanish Civil
66
The Second World
93
Britain
125
Air
142
The Development of Tactical Air Doctrine in North
188
The Royal Air
207
Australia and the War in the Pacific 194245
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The Washington Perspective
249
The Gulf War and UK Air Power Doctrine and Practice
287
Vietnams Impact on the
303
Air Power Victorious? Britain and NATO Strategy during
318
Notes on Contributors
345
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