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

Works: 131 works in 293 publications in 1 language and 36,761 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( )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fueling the fires of resistance : Army Air Forces special operations in the Balkans during World War II by William M Leary( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 702 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
On target : organizing and executing the strategic air campaign against Iraq by Richard G Davis( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 658 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
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 632 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
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 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 560 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 552 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
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 )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 533 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
A concise history of the U.S. Air Force by Stephen Lee McFarland( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 508 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
Building a strategic Air Force by Walton S Moody( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opbygningen af Strategic Air Command (SAC) i USAF og perioden til 1954
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 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes Operation Overlord -the Normandy invasion -in terms of military planning, logistics, and operations. Discusses the Normandy Invasion of 1944, and how important air power was to its success. Illustrated with black and white photographs and battle maps. Includes a list of suggested readings. This booklet is adapted and edited from a longer book by the same author: "Strike From the Sky, The History of Battlefield Air Attack, 1911-1945," published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1989
That others may live : USAF Air Rescue in Korea by Forrest L Marion( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 498 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 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 491 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
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 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veteran airmen from both the European and Pacific theaters recount their recollections of the Second World War in the Air. From attacks on Japanese cities to intercepting the Luftwaffe the airmen recall the deeds of the "Greatest Generation."
The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II : hitting home : the air offensive against Japan by Daniel L Haulman( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. confronting Hitler's submarine menace in the European theater by A. Timothy Warnock( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Operation THURSDAY : birth of the Air Commandos by Herbert A Mason( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den amerikanske støtte til England i forbindelse med operationerne i Burma. Den 5-6. marts 1944 Gennenførtes en luftboren invasion af Burma i et forsøg på at slå de japanske landstyrker tilbage. I den forbindelse havde US Air Force formeret 1st Air Comando Group, som blev indsat i kampzonen
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 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Army Air Forces medical services in World War II by James Nanney( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summarizes the Army Air Forces' wartime medical achievements that led to the creation of the Air Force Medical Service in July 1949
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Africa to the Alps : the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean theater
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