Yet for much of the first century of flight the myth of the airplane’s unstoppable power often surged far ahead of technological reality. It would take both brilliant new inventions and bold new thinking for air power to triumph at last—as it did with such devastating effect in the two Gulf wars.
This sweeping history includes the latest inside details of air operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, where precision weapons and unmanned drones quickly determined the outcome of the fight against the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. Stephen Budiansky draws on combat memoirs, government archives, and museum collections to create a sobering and dramatic account of the air wars of the last hundred years. A story of ideas and men, of intricate machines and fierce passions, Air Power is an edge-of-the-seat drama of contemporary warfare and technology crafted by one of our most gifted writers.
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Air Power: From Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II By Stephen Budiansky 528pp, Viking, £20 Six weeks ago a British Airways Concorde was unceremoniously floated on a barge across the Hudson River to a last resting-place in a New York aviation museum.Jan 17 2004 | Read Full Review of Air Power: The Men, Machines,...
World War I, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq campaign of 2003 are all covered accurately and succinctly, as is the context necessary to understand the air warfare component of each.| Read Full Review of Air Power: The Men, Machines,...
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