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Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.)

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Works: 140 works in 316 publications in 1 language and 41,024 library holdings
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Most widely held works about Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.)
 
Most widely held works by Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.)
The cold war and beyond : chronology of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997 by Frederick J Shaw( )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the life of a general by Phillip S Meilinger( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this insightful consideration of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Colonel Phillip Meilinger describes the career of one of the major leaders of the U.S. Air Force. Born in 1899, General Vandenberg's career spanned the interwar years, World War II, the tumultuous postwar years, and the Korean War. Vandenberg served in a variety of important operational as well as staff posts, providing him with an ideal background for positions of great responsibility. In World War II, as chief of staff of the 12th Air Force, and then the Northwest African Strategic Air Force, Vandenberg directed crucial air campaigns. In early 1944, Major General Vandenberg went to Europe as deputy air commander-in-chief of the Allied Expeditionary Forces and commanding general of the American air component. Subsequently, as commanding general of the 9th Air Force, he was involved in planning the Normandy invasion. Late in the war, he returned to Army Air Forces (AAF) headquarters as assistant chief of the Air Staff. In this capacity, he played a leading role in organizing the postwar Air Force. After an interlude in 1946 as the first director of central intelligence for the Secretary of War, Vandenberg returned to AAF headquarters. In October 1947, he was appointed vice chief of staff of the newly independent U.S. Air Force and in April 1948, he succeeded General Carl A. Spaatz as USAF chief of staff. Vandenberg made the decision in late 1948 that the Air Force would emphasize a buildup of its nuclear deterrent forces. Vandenberg was instrumental in bringing General Curtis LeMay back from Europe to head the Strategic Air Command, thus initiating decades of SAC as the nation's premier nuclear deterrent force. Vandenberg also led the Air Force during the Korean War, when he had to balance needs dictated by that conflict against the requirement to sustain the Air Force's strategic deterrent to counter the Soviet threat. General Vandenberg was the Air Force's first Cold War leader
On target : organizing and executing the strategic air campaign against Iraq by Richard G Davis( )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war in the Persian Gulf in 1991 capped an era of USAF modernization and enhanced readiness begun in the late 1970s and that continued through the 1980s. The USAF shouldered the bulk of the fighting for the first 39 of the conflict's 42 days. This volume covers the air offensive against strategic military and economic targets within the pre-August 1990 borders of Iraq. The offensive air plan once again displayed the ability of the U.S. military to turn the necessity of improvisation into a virtue when, in mid-August 1990, an element of the Air Staff in the Pentagon wrote the basis of the offensive plan in 10 days. The plan was founded upon the precepts of Col. John A. Warden III's air power theories: centers of gravity, shock effect, and the importance of leadership-related targets. Once the outline plan reached the arena of operations, the U.S. Central Air Forces, under the able leadership of Lt. Gen. Charles A. Horner, adopted the targeting philosophy of the plan and employed it with devastating effect. The author describes not only the outstanding performance of USAF men and machines but also the difficulties and complexities of coordinating the many elements of air and staff operations. Among these were the complex coordination of the fighters with their tankers, the speedy transmission of data from the all-seeing eyes of AWACS and JSTARS aircraft, the multiple bomb runs over chemical and biological warfare bunkers, and the shortcomings of certain types of intelligence. All these factors affected mission effectiveness. The author also diagrams how outside influences -- political pressure from neutrals and from public news media -- can affect the direction of the bombing effort. Although this account of the air campaign in the Persian Gulf concentrates on the operational history of a 6-week war, it also places that war into its larger political and military context, especially in its tale of the interplay between the U.S. military and civilian leadership. 7
Fueling the fires of resistance : Army Air Forces special operations in the Balkans during World War II by William M Leary( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the Army Air Forces' many operations in the Second World War, none was more demanding or important than those supporting the activity of resistance groups fighting the Axis powers. The special operations supporting the Yugoslavian partisans fighting the forces of Nazism in the Balkans required particular dedication and expertise. Balkan flying conditions demanded the best of flying skills, and the tenacious German defenses in that troubled region complicated this challenge even further. In this study, Professor William Leary examines what might fairly be considered one of the most important early experiences in the history of Air Force special operations. It is ironic that, 50 years after these activities, the Air Force today is heavily involved in Balkan operations, including night air drops of supplies. But this time, the supplies are for humanitarian relief, not war. The airlifters committed to relieving misery in that part of the world follow in the wake of their predecessors who, 50 years ago, flew the night skies with courage and skill to help bring an end to Nazi tyranny
Pearl to V-J Day : World War II in the Pacific : a symposium sponsored by the Air Force History and Museums Program and the Air Force Historical Foundation, July 20-21, 1995, Naval Officers' Club, Bethesda, Maryland by Jacob Neufeld( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Air Force History and Museums Program sponsored a symposium on the War in the Pacific held at the Bethesda, MD, Naval Officers' Club. The gathering offered a unique opportunity for its guest panelists -- participants in that war or historians of it -- to reflect on a variety of subjects: Japanese objectives; American military preparedness and grand strategy; the interaction between U.S. Army, Air, and Navy leaders; combined operations; political and diplomatic intrigue; the challenges of ground, air, and sea warfare within differing Pacific theaters; military science and technology; the essential role of intelligence; the proposed Allied invasion of the Japanese home islands; and the use of the atomic bombs. For the United States, World War II began and ended in the Pacific, from Japan's aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, to its surrender in Tokyo Bay, on September 2, 1945. For all but 5 months of those years, Americans and their Allies were compelled to hold the line in Asia, doggedly opposing imperialist Japan while a "Europe First" policy against Nazi Germany and fascist Italy prevailed in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The United States operated over huge distances, from China, Burma, and India, to countless Pacific islands. Sixty-five photographs are included
Reflections and remembrances : veterans of the United States Army Air Forces reminisce about World War II by William T Y'Blood( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For its 1995 observance of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Air Force History and Museums Program sponsored a series of commemorative events. One, a National Day of Recognition for Veterans of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), held on August 7th in the Washington, D.C. area, was celebrated at three locations. First, at the Pentagon's center court, Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Ronald R. Fogleman, praised the veterans' numberless contributions to Allied victory in the war. The Air Force Historian, Richard P. Hallion, read a congressional resolution marking the day and then Lieutenant Colonel Donald S. Lopez, USAF, retired, spoke on behalf of all World War II airmen. A flyover by vintage USAAF aircraft capped the festivities. During the afternoon in a symposium at the National Archives and Records Administration, 11 USAAF veterans, in separate sessions covering the conflicts in Europe and Asia, reflected on their own wartime experiences of half a century ago. They spoke with clarity and authority and in remarkable detail on such topics as military preparedness, leadership, training, racial segregation, the treatment of American prisoners of war, and military technology; the Allied invasion of Japan; and the use of atomic weapons. Historians Richard G. Davis and William T. Y'Blood presented overviews at the respective sessions. That evening, the Daughters of the American Revolution gave a reception in honor of the symposium participants and opened Constitution Hall for an outstanding musical tribute, which was performed before a packed house by the United States Air Force Band. Dr. Hallion, joined by General Bryce Poe, II, president of the Air Force Historical Foundation, hosted the symposium. Reminiscences and remarks are faithfully preserved herein
Building a strategic Air Force by Walton S Moody( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opbygningen af Strategic Air Command (SAC) i USAF og perioden til 1954
Africa to the Alps : the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean theater by Edward T Russell( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With courage : the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II by Bernard C Nalty( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the last decade of the twentieth century, today's United States Air Force marks the fiftieth anniversary of its part in a national effort that opposed a coalition of enemies in a global war. American and allied air forces in the conflict for the first time achieved striking range and effectiveness making air power a force equal to that of traditional armies and navies. The Center for Air Force History has prepared this narrative to commemorate the accomplishments of American air power in World War II and present to the American people a record of valor in the name of freedom. Partial contents include : A Weapon and an Idea ; Europe in Flames ; In Desperate Battle ; Building Air Power ; Defeating Italy and Germany ; Victory Over Japan ; A New Age ; Theater Maps ; Air Forces Lineages
Like a thunderbolt : the Lafayette Escadrille and the advent of American pursuit in World War I by Roger G Miller( )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technology and the air force : a retrospective assessment( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the United States Air Force is inextricably bound up in the history of aerospace technology. Major revolutions have influenced the evolution of Air Force capabilities and systems, most notably those of atomic weaponry, the turbojet revolution, supersonic flight, avionics, aerial refueling, space flight, precision weaponry, electronic flying controls, composite materials, and stealth. It is worthwhile to take a retrospective look at some of the aerospace challenges and opportunities the Air Force faced and how it took advantage -- or failed to take advantage -- of them. With this in mind, the Air Force History and Museums Program organized a symposium on October 23 and 24, 1995, in which leading historians, technologists, and military decision makers met at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to present case studies on a series of technological challenges, opportunities, and problems. This symposium, co-sponsored by the Air Force Historical Foundation, covered relevant technological histories ranging from the turbojet revolution of the 1930s to the stealth revolution of the 1990s. This volume presents the texts of the 20 papers in the order they were given. Topics discussed include the turbojet revolution, technological forecasting, supersonic aircraft, origins of air refueling, technology and doctrine, ballistic missile program, smart weapons, cruise missiles, fly-by-wire technology, nuclear-powered flight, F-16 lightweight fighter, early spacecraft technology, origins of the Global Positioning System, the space revolution, AWACS and JSTARS, computational fluid dynamics, stealth technology, and information systems and applications
First in the air : the Eagle Squadrons of World War II by Kenneth C Kan( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flying Tigers : Chennault's American volunteer group in China by Braxton Eisel( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Product Description: They volunteered. For a variety of reasons-patriotic, altruistic, mercenary, or just "for the hell of it"--Nearly three hundred U.S. servicemen and a couple of female nurses volunteered to fight a war in a place they knew little about. Recruited at military bases around the country, the members of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) set off for the unknown in the summer and fall of 1941. While U.S. support for the Allied cause was growing at a steady pace, most Americans still felt distanced from the conflict enveloping Europe and Asia and did not want to go to war. At the highest levels of the government, however, entering the war appeared inevitable. The AVG was one way of gaining experience in this vicious war, while increasing support for the nations fighting the Axis powers. Despite incredible odds against them from numerically superior Japanese forces and a near complete lack of supply and replacement parts, they took the first successful fight to the Japanese during a time of Japan's unrelenting successes. It was not pretty, and their legend has eclipsed the reality, but the reality of the AVG is still an amazing story. Led by Claire Lee Chennault, they made history
Help from above : Air Force close air support of the Army 1946-1973 by John Schlight( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is important for nations such as the United States, whose military force is disbursed among separate air, land, and sea services, to devise ways to temper any institutional lack of unity. Past compensatory measures, however, have at best only eased, rather than dispelled, service resistance to further unifications. This resistance has sprung in part from each service's interpretation of its mission, of the best equipment and procedures for achieving that mission, and often of a strong sense of service pride. While these elements are healthy, and often essential, in an effective fighting force, enhancing both the devotion and effectiveness of the individual fighting man, they also frequently intensity differences that clash when the interests of the services overlap
Khobar Towers : tragedy and response by Perry D Jamieson( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of only a few of hundreds of airmen who were at the Khobar Towers that night -- Tuesday, June 25, 1996. It recounts what they were doing just prior to the bombing and what happened to them immediately after, providing an idea of activities of airmen on a summer night during Operation Southern Watch. Provides experiences from mechanics on the flightline at King Abdul Aziz Air Base to the security of policemen on the roof of Building 131 at the Khobar Towers
A concise history of the U.S. Air Force by Stephen Lee McFarland( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Except in a few instances, since World War II no American soldier or sailor has been attacked by enemy air power. Conversely, no enemy soldier or sailor has acted in combat without being attacked or at least threatened by American air power. Aviators have brought the air weapon to bear against enemies while denying them the same prerogative. This is the legacy of the U.S. Air Force, purchased at great cost in both human and material resources. More often than not, aerial pioneers had to fight technological ignorance, bureaucratic opposition, public apathy, and disagreement over purpose. Every step in the evolution of air power led into new and untrodden territory, driven by humanitarian impulses; by the search for higher, faster, and farther flight; or by the conviction that the air way was the best way. Warriors have always coveted the high ground. If technology permitted them to reach it, men, women, and an Air Force held and exploited it -- from Thomas Selfridge, first among so many who gave that "last full measure of devotion"; to Women's Air Force Service Pilot Ann Baumgartner, who broke social barriers to become the first American woman to pilot a jet; to Benjamin Davis, who broke racial barriers to become the first African American to command a flying group; to Chuck Yeager, a one-time noncommissioned flight officer who was the first to exceed the speed of sound; to John Warden, who began a revolution in air power thought and strategy that was put to spectacular use in the Gulf War. This book provides a short history of military air power in the United States from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. Chapters are as follows: The Genesis of American Air Power; Trial and Error in World War I; Interwar Doctrine, Organization, and Technology; World War II -- Global Conflict; Air Power in the Nuclear Age; Limited War in Korea; The "New Look" Air Force; Flexible Response and Vietnam; The Cold War Concluded; Air Power Triumphant -- The Gulf War; and The Future7
D-Day 1944 : air power over the Normandy beaches and beyond by Richard Hallion( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That others may live : USAF Air Rescue in Korea by Forrest L Marion( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Korean War began in June 1950, the United States Air Force's Air Rescue Service was a fledgling organization possessing a variety of aircraft types, most having seen service during World War II. The concept of using helicopters and amphibious fixed-wing aircraft to rescue airmen downed behind enemy lines or in hostile waters had gained little consideration by the Air Force and was largely unproven. But by the fall of 1950, the 3d Air Rescue Squadron had begun to write a new chapter in the history of air power, and by July 1953, when the armistice was signed in Korea, air rescue had become established as an integral part of U.S. fighting forces. Although the H-5 and H-19 helicopters and SA-16 amphibians gained attention worldwide by virtue of countless daring rescues performed throughout the war, lesser known aircraft such as the L-5, SC-47, SB-17, and SB-29 also played important roles in building the U.S. Air Force's overall air rescue capability in the Korean War theater
The United States Air Force Centennial of Flight Office presents significant milestones in Air Force history by Phillip S Meilinger( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first 109 minutes : 9/11 and the U.S. Air Force by Priscilla D Jones( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a chronological history of four American commercial planes hijacked by suicide pilots against the United States on September 11, 2001 and the response of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
 
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