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Studies in Air Power


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This series examines both historical and contemporary aspects of air power, focusing on human issues as well as the technical developments.

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Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960 Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation

Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960: Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation

1st Edition

By Matthew R.H. Uttley
November 26, 2015

This study explains how Westland dominated British helicopter production and why government funding and support failed to generate competitive "all-British" alternatives. In doing so, the book evaluates broader historiographic assumptions about the purported "failure" of british aircraft ...

The RAF and Aircraft Design Air Staff Operational Requirements 1923-1939

The RAF and Aircraft Design: Air Staff Operational Requirements 1923-1939

1st Edition

By Colin S Sinnott
July 17, 2014

This work examines the evolution of the RAF's operational requirements for its home defence air force - for bombers to mount a deterrent counter offensive and for fighters to provide direct defence of Britain. It discusses the management processes, policies and decisions relevant to operational ...

Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century

Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Edited By John Greenwood, Von Hardesty, Robin Higham
October 01, 1998

In the light of new archival material the editors take a fresh look at Russian aviation in the twentieth century. Presenting a comprehensive view of Russian aviation, from its genesis in the late czarist period to the present era, the approach is essentially chronological with a major emphasis on ...

Courage and Air Warfare The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War

Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War

1st Edition

By Mark K. Wells
June 30, 1995

Colonel Wells investigates the nature of aerial warfare and the men who took part. The book analyzes aircrew selection, reaction to combat, adaptability to stress, morale, leadership and combat effectiveness, and compares the efforts of the US Eighth Air Force and RAF Bomber Command....

A Forgotten Offensive Royal Air Force Coastal Command's Anti-Shipping Campaign 1940-1945

A Forgotten Offensive: Royal Air Force Coastal Command's Anti-Shipping Campaign 1940-1945

1st Edition

By Christina J.M. Goulter
June 30, 1995

The "forgotten offensive" of the title is RAF Coastal Command's offensive against German sea-trade between 1940 and 1945. The fortunes of the campaign are followed throughout the war, and its success is then evaluated in terms of the shipping sunk, and the impact on the German economy....

Air Power History Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

1st Edition

Edited By Sebastian Cox, Peter Gray
May 31, 2002

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 ...

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

1st Edition

By John Andreas Olsen
February 01, 2003

In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi...

Industry and Air Power The Expansion of British Aircraft Production, 1935-1941

Industry and Air Power: The Expansion of British Aircraft Production, 1935-1941

1st Edition

By Noel Sebastian Ritchie, Sebastian Ritchie
May 31, 1997

The author begins with a general survey of British aircraft manufacturing in the inter-war period. Policy, production, finance and contracts are examined, and the final chapter is concerned with the mobilization of the aircraft industry in 1939, and the emergency measures of 1940....

Air Power at the Battlefront Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1943-45

Air Power at the Battlefront: Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1943-45

1st Edition

By Dr Ian Gooderson
February 28, 1998

Ian Gooderson presents a study of close air support in World War II, with the analysis focusing on the use of tactical air power by British and American forces during the campaigns in Italy and northwestern Europe between 1943 and 1945....

The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power A History of the British Bomber Force 1923-1939

The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power: A History of the British Bomber Force 1923-1939

1st Edition

Edited By Neville Jones
August 30, 2003

Using official records, the author traces the origins and early development of strategic bombing, and examines its organs in the operations and staff planning of the First World War. The experiences of the First World War should have been a valuable legacy to those who devised the 'counter ...

Sir Frederick Sykes and the Air Revolution 1912-1918

Sir Frederick Sykes and the Air Revolution 1912-1918

1st Edition

By Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Ash
March 31, 1999

This is a long-overdue study of Sir Frederick H. Sykes, Chief of the Air Staff of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) during the First World War. Historians, for the most part, have either overlooked Sykes or misinterpreted him, leaving a gap in the story of British flying. Contrary to previous images ...

Tedder Quietly in Command

Tedder: Quietly in Command

1st Edition

By Vincent Orange
April 06, 2006

Arthur Tedder became one of the most eminent figures of the Second World War: first as head of Anglo-American air forces in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa; then as Deputy Supreme Commander to General Eisenhower for the Allied campaign that began in Normandy and ended in Berlin....

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