The Age of Airpower

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-12
  • Publisher: Public Affairs
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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Into The Blue, 1900-1939
Antecedents and Beginningsp. 3
Test Passedp. 25
Visions, Organizations, and Machinesp. 51
From War to Warp. 79
The Greatest War Of All, 1939-1945
From Triumph to Stalematep. 93
War of Factories, War of Witsp. 113
Closing the Ringp. 131
From Carrier War to Grande Finalep. 153
The War That Never Was,1945-1991
The Dominant Factorp. 173
The jet and the Helicopterp. 191
Missiles, Satellites, and Dronesp. 215
Paper Warsp. 235
Little Wars, 1945-2010
The Twilight of Naval Aviationp. 2,57
From Korea to the Sinaip. 277
From the Sinai to Tehranp. 297
Spurious Victories?p. 317
War Amongst The People,1898-2010
The First Four Decadesp. 339
Lose and Leavep. 359
A War Too Farp. 379
After Vietnamp. 401
Conclusions: GoingDown,1945-?p. 423
Notesp. 443
Indexp. 485
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