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100 Years of Air Power and Aviation


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In "100 years of Air Power and Aviation Robin Higham presents a critical history of British, American, Soviet, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Israeli aviation. He moves easily from theory to concrete example and back again, in the process discussing the social, economic, and political components of air power, the major wars and police actions in which aircraft have been employed, the composition of air forces, and the creation of aviation industries from the Wright brothers and the early pusher aircraft of World War I through Boeing's competition with Airbus and the development of the Eurofighter. In this large, informative, heavily illustrated volume, Higham looks at everything from the roots of strategic bombing and tactical air power to the lessons learned and unlearned during the invasion of Ethiopia, the war in China, and the Spanish Civil War. He also considers the problems posed by jet aircraft in Korea and the use of Patriot missiles in the Persian Gulf. He covers anti-guerrilla operations, doctrine, industrial activities, and equipment, as well as the development of commercial airlines. Turning his attention to civil aviation in the closing section, Higham discusses the commercial "wars" that saw Braniff fold as Continental filed for bankruptcy and Brazil's Embraer emerge as a third-world success story. He considers the rise and fall of Soviet civil aviation. He discusses the development of new aircraft and the expansion of airports such as O'Hare, which handles more than 200,000 passengers daily. Higham synthesizes a hundred years of air power and aviation into cogent sets of principles and valuable lessons for future generations of airmen and politicians. Like hisearlier works, this book will capture the interest of scholars, students, enthusiasts, and general readers looking for a serious overview by one of the country's leading aviation historians.


Robin Higham, a former R.A.F. pilot, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and is professor emeritus at Kansas State University. He is widely credited with having established aviation history as an academic discipline.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Early attitudes toward air power — The First World War — The interwar years — The Second World War: land-based air power — The Second World War: seaborne air power — Changes--militarily, politically, 1945-2003 — Post-1945 military operations — Civil aviation — Patterns, philosophies, and lessons — Appendix A. Acronyms and abbreviations — Appendix B. Selected efficiency ratings.

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Texas A&M University Press
Robin D. S. Higham
Higham, Robin D. S.
Air power
Military - Naval
World - General
Aviation - General
Military - Aviation
Aviation - History
Air power -- History.
Military-Aviation History
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