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Age of Airpower

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ISBN-10: 161039108X

ISBN-13: 9781610391085

Edition: 2011

Authors: Martin Van Creveld

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Airpower, more than any other factor, has shaped war in the twentieth century. In this fascinating narrative history, Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolution of both technology and strategy. He documents seminal battles and turning points, and relates stories of individual daring and collective mastery of the skies.However, the end of airpower's glorious age is drawing near. The conventional wisdom to the contrary, modern precision guided munitions have not made fighter bombers more effective against many kinds of targets than their predecessors in World War II. U.S. ground troops calling for air support in Iraq in 2003 did not receive it any faster than Allied forces did in France in 1944. And from its origins on, airpower has never been very effective against terrorists, guerrillas, and insurgents. As the warfare waged by these kinds of people grow in importance, and as ballistic missiles, satellites, cruise missiles and drones increasingly take the place of quarter-billion-dollar manned combat aircraft and their multi-million-dollar pilots, airpower is losing utility almost day by day.
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Preface
Into the Blue, 1900-1939
Antecedents and Beginnings
Test Passed
Visions, Organizations, and Machines
From War to War
The Greatest War of All, 1939-1945
From Triumph to Stalemate
War of Factories, War of Wits
Closing the Ring
From Carrier War to Grande Finale
The War that Never Was 1945-1991
The Dominant Factor
The Jet and the Helicopter
Missiles, Satellites, and Drones
Paper Wars
Little Wars, 1945-2010
The Twilight of Naval Aviation
From Korea to the Sinai
From the Sinai to Tehran
Spurious Victories?
War Amongst the People, 1898-2010
The First Four Decades
Lose and Leave
A War Too Far
After Vietnam
Conclusions: Going Down, 1945-?
Notes
Index