Air Warfare: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-2 by Walter J. Boyne

By Walter J. Boyne

Air war: a global Encyclopedia is the 1st encyclopedia to record the full background of aerial wrestle, from the primitive biplanes of worldwide struggle I to the delicate stealth combatants of the twenty first century. The greater than 900 entries, lavishly illustrated with pictures and maps, conceal all of it -- the 1st, the quickest, the top, the most recent. greater than a hundred best foreign students and specialists -- many with own strive against adventure -- provide completely researched, essentially written articles at the recognized aces, designers, battles, air campaigns, guns, and flying machines of air warfare's first ninety years.

Accessible to pupil, fanatic, and student alike, Air war offers the reader argument-settling services, energetic and interesting entries, and solutions to millions of questions: Who first used air strength opposed to civilians? How did a handful of Royal Air strength aces defeat the effective Luftwaffe within the conflict of england? Has bombing on my own ever gained a battle? the place does the way forward for aerial war lie?

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And they were heroes in later wars as well. The following table lists the highest-ranking aces from several conflicts since 1914. An excellent study by Al Bowers and David Lednicer indicates that there may have been as many as 10,000 aces in at least 27 countries, and some women also became aces. Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) Many of these pilots later attained even higher scores while fighting World War II; the list below includes the top aces on either side of the civil conflict. Joaquin García Morato y Castaño, Nationalist, 40 Andres García Lacalle, Republican, 11+ China-Japan-Manchuria (1937–1945) This theater became part of World War II but was fought over a longer period.

The limited federal budget of 1925 continued to hinder the efforts of not only the Post Office but also the Army and the NBS as well. If air transport operations were limited to lighted airways that could be used only when the weather was good, then precise navigation required to support all-weather high-altitude flight would be impossible. With Congress’s passage of the Air Commerce Act of 1926, responsibility for the promotion of aviation, as well as the construction of an infrastructure to support all-weather flights, fell to the newly formed Bureau of Air Commerce within the Department of Commerce.

Bishop, Britain, 72 Ernst Udet, Germany, 62 R. Collishaw, Canada, 60 J. T. B. W. Beauchamp-Proctor, South Africa, 54 D. R. , 26 According to the traditional definition, an “ace” is a fighter pilot who has attained five confirmed kills of enemy aircraft. Though not technically an ace by this standard, World War I French pilot Roland Garros began the tradition of aerial combat with a clever ploy. He devised a means to shield his wooden propeller with metal so a machine gun could shoot through the arc (bullets that hit the blades would ricochet off).

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