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United States Air Force Office of Air Force History

Works: 285 works in 419 publications in 1 language and 22,339 library holdings
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The U.S. Air Service in World War I( Book )

in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Carl Berger( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1985 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year 1973 saw the end of direct American combat involvement in the Southeast Asia conflict-a conflict sometimes referred to as the Indochina War, the Vietnam War etc. This book is an illustrated account of United States Air Force activities in that war from 1961 to 1973. It makes no pretence of being a comprehensive history of the war, or even of Air Force participation therein-not because it lacks historical authenticity (it contains only verifiable material), but simply because it is, by design, limited in scope and depth. Official, definitive histories are in progress but will not be widely available for several years. In the interim, this book can help fill a void in public knowledge of the Air Force's experience in Southeast Asia
Aces and aerial victories : the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1965-1973 by Robert Frank Futrell( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of US Air Force aircraft and missile systems by Marcelle Size Knaack( Book )

in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Army Air Forces in World War II( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of ballistic missiles in the United States Air Force, 1945-1960 by Jacob Neufeld( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following World War II, the onset of nuclear weapons, long-range jet bombers, and ballistic missiles radically changed American foreign policy and military strategy. The U.S. Air Force, led by men of far-sighted vision and uncommon dedication, accepted the challenge of organizing and leading a massive research and development effort to build ballistic missiles. In the quarter of a century since, these weapons have constituted one of the three legs of the strategic triad -- the basis of America's strategy of deterring nuclear war -- yet they have received less attention from the public and within the Air Force than the more glamorous manned bombers of the Strategic Air Command or the missile-launching submarines of the U.S. Navy. This volume attempts to correct the imbalance by telling the story of the development of Air Force ballistic missiles. It concentrates on the first generation of ballistic missiles: the intercontinental Atlas and Titan, and the intermediate-range Thor. Although the effort to develop rockets has a longer history than commonly assumed, the modern history spans the relatively short era from 1945 to 1960. During this brief interval, missiles advanced from drawing board to alert status, where the next generation now remains poised to deter war. The author describes the difficulties involved in the technological competition with the Soviets to be first to develop and deploy a ballistic missile force. With innovative leadership, the Air Force succeeded also in overcoming conflict with the Army and Navy, budgetary constraints, administrative complications, and, of course, formidable engineering problems
Harnessing the genie : science and technology forecasting for the Air Force, 1944-1986 by Michael H Gorn( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph on the forecasting of long-range Air Force science began as an attempt to describe the five major scientific studies undertaken by the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF)/U.S. Air Force (USAF) since the end of World War II. 'Toward New Horizons' was initiated to summarize the most advanced air power technologies of World War II and project them into the future. 'Woods Hole Summer Studies' organized hundreds of academic scientists to predict the short and long-term military uses of space. 'Project Forecast' had the mandate of revitalizing Air Force thinking by linking national policy issues of scientific vistas and new weapon systems. 'New Horizons II' endeavored to point the way toward technological improvements in a period of expected scarcity. 'Project Forecast II' sought to infuse the Air Force laboratories with new avenues of basic science research
Prelude to the total force : the Air National Guard, 1943-1969 by Charles Joseph Gross( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a study of the origins and evolution of the Air National Guard. This history was written during 1978-1979 by the author as part of his doctoral program in military history. The expanding role of the Guard and its close cooperation with the Air Force are the author's themes, explaining the rise of the Guard to the prominence it plays in today's air operations
Planning and organizing the postwar Air Force, 1943-1947 by Herman S Wolk( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this excellent work of narrative and analysis, Herman Wolk of the Office of Air Force History untangles the complex history that led to the birth of the United States Air Force after World War II. After surveying the struggle for independence to 1941, and planning during World War II for a postwar air force, Mr. Wolk details the events that resulted in the formation of a separate Air Force in September 1947. Significantly, the new Air Force at its birth already possessed a long history and a rich heritage: some forty years as part of the Army, service in two world wars, and a fully developed understanding of its usefulness in war. The new Air Force possessed leaders who knew that how the service was constructed and how it was led and administered would affect how air power could be used, and whether it could contribute fully to the nation's security. Furthermore, the author puts this important story into the broader context of late World War II thinking about postwar defense, and the fierce struggles between 1945 and 1947 over service roles and missions, budgets, and the shape of military policies and forces. (Author)
The Harmon memorial lectures in military history, 1959-1987 : a collection of the first thirty Harmon lectures given at the United States Air Force Academy by Harry R Borowski( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Military history is no longer a compartmentalized area of study with a myopic focus on battlefield tactics and outcomes that pays little heed to societal influences. The new military history, born in the 1960s, recognizes that military history is as much a product of social factors--such as politics and economics--as a shaping influence on society. Lt. Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, first superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was a strong advocate of the study of military history to both understand the world we live in and to shape its destiny. As a tribute to his distinguished career, the Academy started a military history lecture series named after him in 1959. This volume consolidates all the Harmon Lectures through 1987, grouping them by theme. The lectures cover a wide range of topics and eras from revolutionary America and tsarist Russia to contemporary problems in twentieth century warfare and U.S. Air Force doctrine. Keywords: Lectures, Military art, Military science, Military forces(United States), Biographies, Leadership, Soldiers, Military strategy, Military tactics, Military doctrine, Lessons learned
Air base defense in the Republic of Vietnam, 1961-1973 by Roger P Fox( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the unique problem of defending air bases during the Vietnam War. It centers on the primary efforts of the United States Air Force and allied air units to defend 10 key air bases within the Republic of Vietnam. Bien Hoa, on 1 November 1964, was the first base to be attacked and until the cease-fire in January 1973, these bases suffered a total of 475 attacks. Although there were initial deficiencies in staff support for base defense in such key areas as intelligence, motor vehicles, weapons procurement and maintenance, communications, and civil engineering, significant improvements had been made by the end of the Air Force's part in the war
Air Force combat medals, streamers, and campaigns by A. Timothy Warnock( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume documents the combat service of the USAF and its predecessor organizations, as recognized by the award of combat service medals to individuals and service or campaign streamers to air units. Separate sections feature descriptions and color photos of the medals and streamers; concise accounts of each campaign in the theater are illustrated with color maps.--[book jacket]
Aviation in the U.S. Army, 1919-1939 by Maurer Maurer( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: Demobilization, The flying game, Reorganization, Training, Tactical units, Reserves, Defense, Planes versus ships, Civil affairs, Aviation facilities and equipment, Higher, faster, farther, and longer, The new Air Corps and the five-year program, Tactical training, Exercises and maneuvers, Flying, GHQ Air Force headquarters, Airmail, GHQ Air Force, Building an Air Force, Crew training, Operations, Mobilization, and Summing up. (sdw)
The United States Air Force : basic documents on roles and missions by Richard Irving Wolf( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a compilation of the major documents which codified the Air Force's roles and missions since the Second World War. Documentary volumes such as this are useful in bringing together a series of original references to illustrate the evolutionary pattern of development in the contemporary writings of the participants. While and effort has been made to provide a context for each document by including introductions, interpretation of the meaning and effect of each document rests with the reader. Included are four basic categories of documents: Legislation; executive orders; Department of Defense (DOD) memoranda and directives; and military department executive directives and agreements. An introductory essay precedes each document describing the document's contents and significance. Each essay contains a footnote providing reference sources for further study, except in cases where the essay is drawn solely form the document's contents. Roles and missions is a term which encompasses the broad range of service activities and specific tasks within several categories. With the overall role of air operations, the Army Air Forces (AAF) after World War II possessed four main missions: strategic bombardment, support of ground operations, air defense, and air transport. These missions proved essential to the war effort and were necessarily carried over into the peace-time organization
The emerging shield : the Air Force and the evolution of continental air defense, 1945-1960 by Kenneth Schaffel( )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years immediately following World War II, the United States lost the insularity that had traditionally given it protection against foreign attack and time to mobilize in a general war. The nation now faced the threat of large-scale destruction by hostile bombing forces launched across the forbidding polar regions of the globe. American postwar military and political leaders, already centering on a deterrent strategic force in being, the Strategic Air Command, as the basis for postwar defense policy, had to accommodate plans for a strategic defense of the entire North American continent as well. The effects of these new realities on American politics, defense philosophies, aircraft, missiles and radar research and procurement are examined in this book. The perceived need for deploying a forward defensive net involved cooperation between the United States and the Canadian governments. The warning system these two nations erected integrated new equipment into an array that eventually came to support the goals of the strategic deterrent itself, for the defensive array embodies the Continental Air Defense Command promised enough warning time for the Strategic Air Command to survive an attack and maintain the deterrent threat of a counterblow. In its reflection of evolving strategies and hardware, this volume is a narrative of the American reaction to the demands of the Cold War
Air Force bases by Robert Mueller( Book )

in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air superiority in World War II and Korea : an interview with Gen. James Ferguson, Gen. Robert M. Lee, Gen. William W. Momyer, and Lt. Gen. Elwood R. Quesada by United States( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air Force combat wings : lineage and honors histories, 1947-1977 by Charles A Ravenstein( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Permanent organizations of the Air Force, whether active or inactive, are Air Force-controlled (AFCON) organizations with a continuing lineage and history. Although some AFCON organizations are named, most are numbered AFCON organizations, when activated a second or subsequent time, regain their previous lineage, history, honors, and emblem. Temporary organizations, on the other hand, are major-command-controlled (MAJCON) organizations without a continuing lineage or history. This volume deals with one category and echelon of AFCON organization-the 'combat' (category) 'wing' (echelon). A combat wing is one that has, or previously has had, a specific functional designation and mission in combat: bombardment, fighter, strategic and tactical reconnaissance (all types), airlift, air refueling, or missile
The literature of aeronautics, astronautics, and air power by Richard Hallion( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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controlled identityCenter for Air Force History (U.S.)

controlled identityUnited States. Air Force. Air Historical Group

controlled identityUnited States. USAF Historical Division



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