Air Power The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq

ISBN-10: 014303474X
ISBN-13: 9780143034742
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Stephen Budiansky, scientist & journalist, is a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly." His five highly acclaimed books include "If a Lion Could Talk: Animal Intelligence & the Evolution of Consciousness" & "The Nature of Horses." He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

Author's Note
Kitty Hawk to Saint-Mihiel, 1900-1918
Visions
An age of miracles
Visions of total war
The Wrights' method of invention
Wind tunnel
"Success assured"
Selling a military flying machine
Bogeymen
Scientists and empiricists
Invading Frenchmen and phantom airships
The Italians awe the natives; or possibly not
Organizing for war
Igor Sikorsky
Realities
The Marne and Tannenberg
A rash of experimentation
The birth of the fighter
Verdun and the Somme
C. G. Grey takes the offensive
Training to fly
A new breed of men
Grand Plans
The Zeppelin and Gotha raids
Hugh Trenchard and the RAF
The precocious birth and premature demise of operational analysis
Plans for a breakthrough
The aerodynamic revolution
Versailles to Madrid, 1919-1939
Lessons Learned and Mislearned
Hollywood's air force
The British bombing survey
The Prophets
The British awe the natives
Billy Mitchell and the battleships
The Quest for Precision
Monoplanes
Lindbergh, von Karman, and the civil aviation boom
Fog flying
The Norden bombsight
Precision bombing and the Air Corps Tactical School
The B-17
The Fight for the Fighter
Claire Chennault's lonely battle
"The bomber will always get through"
The birth of radar
The Spitfire
Condor Legion
Guernica, and Guernica
Eve of war
Warsaw to Nagasaki, 1939-1945
Finest Hour
Poland
Phony war and real war
Battle joined
The Luftwaffe miscalculates
The Blitz and the boffins
Willow Run
Air Versus Sea
"Daring but incompetent aviators"
Bombs versus guns
Midway and the rise of the fast carriers
The war against the U-boats
The Temporary Triumph of Tactical Aviation
Bomber realities
Coningham, Monty, Rommel, and Patton
The birth of the fighter-bomber
D-Day and interdiction
Seeds of invention
The Allied Bomber Offensive
Morale and madness
"Are we beasts?"
Fighter escorts, oil, and the war of attrition
Los Alamos
The kamikazes, Tokyo, and Hiroshima
Omaha to Baghdad, 1946-2003
Strategic Air Command
"We wanna go home!"
Just another weapon
Jets and swept-back wings
Fighting without fighting
The problem of limited war
Hard Knocks
Nuclear theory, conventional war
Helicopters and gunships
Thuds and SAMs
Comic books and reformers
Bekaa Valley
Precision, at Last
Smart bombs
"Air power airheads"
Desert Storm
Dumb targets
Afghanistan and Gulf War II
The new American way of war?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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