American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm by Charles J. Gross

By Charles J. Gross

Книга American army Aviation: The quintessential Arm American army Aviation: The quintessential Arm Книги Вооружение Автор: Charles J.Gross Год издания: 2002 Формат: pdf Издат.:Texas A&M collage Press Страниц: 392 Размер: 4.36 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Since the Wright brothers made their well-known flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, aviation has emerged because the essential arm of yankee army energy. during this targeted heritage, Charles J. Gross strains its improvement from the Wright brothers' overcome gravity throughout the air conflict for Kosovo. Drawing on examples from all classes and all provider branches, he explains the jobs of politics, economics, and expertise in shaping air energy within the US defense force and assesses the effect of army aviation on war. Gross discusses significant advancements in airplane, doctrine, education, and operations. He additionally offers discussions of airlift, in-flight refueling, army budgets, undefined, and interservice squabbling. He examines Eisenhower's "New glance" and MAD (Mutually guaranteed Destruction); McNamara's attempt to take advantage of "commonality" of apparatus to chop expenses; Kennedy's buildup of the army; the Nixon Doctrine and the failure of air energy to unravel the lengthy drawn-out clash in Southeast Asia; and the turning out to be reliance on American air energy within the post-Cold struggle global. This illustrated quantity bargains a extensive historical past of yankee army aviation. army execs, students, coverage makers, and most people should still locate this ebook a useful consultant to the "indispensable arm."

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Following their triumph at Kill Devil Hill, Orville and Wilbur spent the next two years perfecting their invention. Although convinced that the airplane would guarantee international peace and stimulate prosperity, the Wrights finally turned to the only profitable market available to them: the military. The American armed forces had shown no official interest in the Wrights’ invention in the years immediately after . The brothers, determined to protect their pending patent, had tried to convince the services to buy an aircraft sight unseen.

43 Established aircraft plants were divided between the army and the navy early in the war. Although there were exceptions, the general policy was that each plant would produce aircraft for only one of the armed services. The ambitious aviation production program approved by Congress in July, , demanded BRIGADES OF FLYING HORSES ✪ 33 the vast expansion of America’s aircraft manufacturing capacity. Lured by one of the largest pork barrels in American history, the Aircraft Production Board and the Signal Corps had been inundated by unsolicited proposals from charlatans and dreamers as well as legitimate businessmen anxious to obtain lucrative contracts for building aircraft.

Meanwhile, Vice Adm. William S. S. forces in European waters, had called for establishing naval air bases in Britain and France and equipping them with long-range flying boats to help counter German U-boats. The navy’s ambitious initial wartime program focused on building seven hundred seaplanes. Congress, which had appropriated $ million for naval aviation on April , added another $ million on June , and an additional  million on October . On September , the navy adopted an extraordinarily ambitious program to build seventeen hundred seaplanes.

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