The Influence of Air Power Upon History: A Giniger Book

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From the invention of the balloon in 1783 to the terrorist abuse of air power in 2001, the quest for and use of the ability to fly has grown from novelty to necessity.

Taking Alfred Thayer Mahan's classic work, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, as a starting point, noted aviation historian Walter J. Boyne analyzes how the ability to conduct military, commercial, or humanitarian operations from the air has had far-reaching implications for politics, technology, and mass ...

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Overview

From the invention of the balloon in 1783 to the terrorist abuse of air power in 2001, the quest for and use of the ability to fly has grown from novelty to necessity.

Taking Alfred Thayer Mahan's classic work, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, as a starting point, noted aviation historian Walter J. Boyne analyzes how the ability to conduct military, commercial, or humanitarian operations from the air has had far-reaching implications for politics, technology, and mass culture. Boyne draws upon his extensive study of aviation to examine the development of air-power philosophy, through its theory and practice as demonstrated not only in war, but also in the myriad elements from which nations are built. Many of his conclusions will be found to be quite controversial, departing from the generally accepted scenarios of air power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800342
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter J. Boyne, an inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, is one of the world's foremost authorities on aviation history. Both the National Aviation Club and the Air Force Association recognized him with Lifetime Achievement awards in aviation. A former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, he serves as the chairman of the board for the National Aeronautic Association. Boyne also founded the magazine Air & Space. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Fledgling Wings 21
Chapter 2 Air Power in World War I 47
Chapter 3 Fighters and Bombers 75
Chapter 4 Growth of Air-Power Theory 123
Chapter 5 Air Power and Its Influence Between the Wars 169
Chapter 6 The Search for Air Power, World War II, 1939-41 193
Chapter 7 The Growth of Air Power, 1941-43 219
Chapter 8 True Air Superiority, Then Absolute Air Supremacy, 1944-45 251
Chapter 9 The Cold War, 1945-62 285
Chapter 10 The Cold War, 1963-73 315
Chapter 11 Post-World War II Middle-East Conflicts, Terror, and the Modern Air War 343
Conclusion 367
Appendix The Earliest Expressions of Air Power 369
Notes 401
Bibliography 415
Index 433
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