Rolling Thunder: The Story of Jet Combat from World War II to the Gulf War

Rolling Thunder: The Story of Jet Combat from World War II to the Gulf War

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by Ivan Rendall
     
 

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This first history of jet combat by an ex-RAF flier will fascinate students of military history as well as all who thrilled to the rugged hero culture of fighter pilots popularized in the film "Top Gun". of photos. Index.

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This first history of jet combat by an ex-RAF flier will fascinate students of military history as well as all who thrilled to the rugged hero culture of fighter pilots popularized in the film "Top Gun". of photos. Index.

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Library Journal
In the last months of World War II, air combat saw the introduction of jet-powered fighters; from then on, with continuous improvements to airframe, components, and armament, air warfare's course to the present was set. Rendall, a writer and TV producer who served in the Royal Air Force, presents a thorough, straightforward history of his complex subject's trends and turning points that is well told, immediate, and nicely aimed at an aviation-related readership. Using the Korean, Vietnam, Israeli-Egyptian, Falklands, and Gulf War air actions, Rendall illustrates how having the edge in technology and training has produced battlefield success and speculates on the future of air combat, in which the fighter pilot, ironically, may be relegated to a "virtual" cockpit on the ground. A wide-ranging history; for public libraries and all military and aviation history collections.--Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, CA
Kirkus Reviews
A highly detailed report of the rapid development of jet aircraft, which became the heart of US global power just as Britain's sea power was in the 19th century and before. Rendall, an ex-RAF flier and television producer, shows that modern warfare has changed drastically with constant improvements in technology and the training of the highly specialized pilots. The only jets to see action near the end of WWII were the German ME 262 and the British Meteor. It was the US and the Soviets who perfected the most advanced jet fighters, the F-86 Sabre and the MiG-15, which faced each other during the Cold War. Rendall believes that UN air power stopped the attacking North Korean and Chinese armies in the Korean War. Rockets and space exploration intensified competition between the West and communist countries; the arms race became the space race and created improved nuclear weapons. In Vietnam the US Air Force, trained for long-range strategic nuclear bombing, was at a disadvantage against the tactical Soviet MiG fighters manned by WWII–veteran Soviet pilots. Avoiding the bombing of enemy airfields for fear of killing Soviet ground crews impeded US war efforts despite the heavy bombing of North Vietnam. Rendall argues that when you fight a war, you have to fight to win and not pull your punches. Air superiority requires the finest aircraft and pilots, as illustrated in the Mideast wars, when outnumbered Israelis defeated Arab countries. Learning from the mistakes of Vietnam, according to the author, the US-led Gulf War air offensive, with skilled pilots and top technology, destroyed Saddam Hussein's large army and Soviet equipment while avoiding high casualties. A well-researched warningthat the US and the West must have the best technology and trained personnel to survive in a partially hostile and competitive world in which US air power is once again being tested.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684857800
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
04/06/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.17(d)

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Rolling Thunder: The Story of Jet Combat from World War II to the Gulf War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent! This book is for anyone that is intrested in jet combat/history.Rolling Thonder is also great for the military avation enthuiast. The auther, Ivan Rendall, provides great detail in every chapter of the book.The Title fits the book great, in that it covers the history of jet combat.