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United States Air Force Office of Air Force History

Works: 272 works in 395 publications in 1 language and 21,443 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Directories  Conference papers and proceedings  Personal narratives  Military history 
Classifications: D790, 940.544973
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The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by United States( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1985 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While United States' involvement in the Southeast Asian Conflict extended back into the 1950s, this volume covers the years of active American participation from the early 1960's to 1973. The Office of Air Force History is reissuing this book in revised form because of demand for a single-volume history of air activity in the Vietnam War. Contents: Origins of the War, The U.S. Air Force in Indochina, Kennedy Administration Policies, Air Operations in South Vietnam, 1962-1964, The In-Country Air War, 1965-1972, The Air War Against North Vietnam, Rolling Thunder, 1965-1968, The Bombing Pauses, The Communist Spring Offensive, 1972, The 11-Day Air Campaign, Interdiction in the Loatian Panhandle, Air Operations Over Northern Laos, Air War in Cambodia, B-52 ARC light Operations, Tactical Airlift, Strategic Airlift, Air Refueling, Tactical Reconnaissance, Control of Strike and Defense Forces, Air Rescue, Logistics, Base Defense, Medical Support, Military Civic Action, Training and Manning the Combat Force, Vietnamization, American POW's and Operation Homecoming, Appendices cover: List of Key Wartime Commanders, Air Force Medal of Honor Winners, Aces of the Vietnam War, USAF Air Munitions Consumption (WW II, Korea, SEA), Air Force Losses-Cumulative
The U.S. Air Service in World War I( Book )

in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Army Air Forces in World War II by United States( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omfattende beskrivelse af US Army Air Force under 2. verdenskrig
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 658 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
Planning and organizing the postwar Air Force, 1943-1947 by Herman S Wolk( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 610 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)
Prelude to the total force : the Air National Guard, 1943-1969 by Charles Joseph Gross( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air Force combat medals, streamers, and campaigns by A. Timothy Warnock( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 575 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 573 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)
Air Force bases by Robert Mueller( Book )

in English and held by 503 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 461 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
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 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beskriver hvorledes USAF benytter videnskaben og den teknologiske udvikling til at optimere sin Air Power også på længere sigt
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 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The publication of Air Superiority in World War II and Korea is part of a continuing series of historical studies from the Office of Air Force History in support of Project Warrior. Project Warrior seeks to create and maintain within the Air Force an environment where Air Force people at all levels can learn from the past and apply the warfighting experiences of past generations to the present
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 455 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 Force combat units of World War II by United States( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is concerned primarily with the combat (or tactical) groups that were active during the Second World War. Although such groups had numerous designations, nearly all fell within four major categories: bombardment, fighter, reconnaissance, and troop carrier. The book covers both the combat groups that served overseas and those that remained in the United States. It also covers combat organizations above the group level. It does not deal with provisional organizations or with air base, maintenance, supply, medical, transport, and other service or support organizations. Although this book is devoted exclusively to organizations that were active during World War II, its coverage of those organizations is not confined to the World War II period. Instead, each organization is traced back to its origin and forward to 1 January 1956, with later activations being mentioned if they took place prior to the time the draft of the book was prepared in 1957-1958. The organizations are presented under the designations they carried on 2 September 1945. For each organization there is information concerning insigne, lineage, operations, assignments, aircraft (for groups only), components, stations, commanders, campaigns, and decorations
Strategic air warfare : an interview with generals Curtis E. LeMay, Leon W. Johnson, David A. Burchinal, and Jack J. Catton by United States( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ability of the American air forces to wage war independently and to carry the battle to the enemy's heartland has played a critical role in American air doctrine and military strategy since the 1930s. Generals LeMay, Johnson, Burchinal, and Catton explain their roles in flying and commanding bombing missions and campaigns during World War II, in creating the atomic force in the immediate postwar years, and in building the Strategic Air Command in the 1950s. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War are also discussed
Aces & aerial victories : the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia, 1965-1973 by Walter K Hanak( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the war in Southeast Asia, U.S. Air Force fighter pilots and crewmen were repeatedly challenged by enemy MIG's in the skies over North Vietnam. The air battles which ensued were unique in American history because U.S. fighter and strike forces operated under stringent rules of engagement. With periodic exceptions, for example, MIG bases could not be struck. The rules generally forbade bombing or strafing of military and industrial targets in and around the enemy's heartland, encompassing the capital of Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong. These restrictions gave the North Vietnamese substantial military advantage. Free from American attack and helped by its Soviet and Chinese allies, the enemy was able to construct one of the most formidable antiaircraft defenses the world has even seen. It included MIG forces, surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries, heavy concentrations of antiaircraft artillery (AAA) units, and an array of early warning radar systems. These elements sought to interdict and defeat the U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnam's lines of communication and its military and industrial base. The primary mission of U.S. fighter pilots was to prevent the North Vietnamese MIG's from interfering with U.S. strike operations. This book tells how American airmen-assisted by an armada of other USAF aircraft whose crews refueled their planes, warned of approaching enemy MIG's and SAM's, and flew rescue missions when they were shot downmanaged to emerge from their aerial battles with both victories and honor
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 305 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
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Strategic air warfare : an interview with generals Curtis E. LeMay, Leon W. Johnson, David A. Burchinal, and Jack J. Catton
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