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AIR AND SPACE POWER HISTORY 01: COLLECTION
Articles covering the military use of airpower since the
the first heavier-than-air-controlled flight in 1903.
For those interested in this topic, the followings links might prove useful:
AIR AND SPACE POWER HISTORY 02: COLLECTION
LINKS TO AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SOURCES
Air and Space Power Centre (airforce.gov.au)
RAAF RUNWAY: RATIONALE, GUIDELINES, LEARNING OUTCOMES, ETC | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
13 Mar 2022
The year air power came of age
This article argues the WW1 air campaign over 1917 Flanders (Belgium) changed the nature of aerial warfare as the Allies and Central Powers developed an air support doctrine and new technology.
30 Mar 2022
They Flew for Franco: German Condor Legion’s Tactical Air Power
This article covers Nazi Germany air operations supporting Franco during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) and how that involvement helped Nazi Germany prepare for WW2.
27 Feb 2022
Air Power Played a Major Part in Winning the War in the West
Allied operations in the Mediterranean Theatre from 1942 on proved the importance of airpower in supporting ground troops.
Air & Space Power
Study Sea Power to Understand Air Power
Sea power principles developed a century ago might still apply to air power.
4 Sep 2021
Carl Spaatz: An Air Power Strategist
Carl Spaatz was one of America’s foremost strategic air power thinkers; his experiences in WW1 and command appointments in WW2 and beyond ensured that he could effectively apply theory to practice.
6 Mar 2022
Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942–1945
Williamson Murray reviews the book 'Whirlwind the Air War against Japan, 1942–1945'.
31 Mar 2022
Technology & Innovation
Air Force Research Lab building momentum on cislunar projects
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is preparing to solicit interest in a contract to help the US military observe and track objects that reside between geostationary orbit and the moon.
28 Dec 2021
The Army Air Corps at the Battle of the Bulge
In the Battle of the Bulge, US and British airpower achieved air supremacy allowing ground troops to stop the German advance.
14 Jan 2022
USS Abraham Lincoln Captain Becomes First Woman to Take a US Aircraft Carrier to Sea
For the first time, the US Navy has appointed a woman Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt to command a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
6 Oct 2021
Battle Of Britain: The Royal Air Force Stopped Hitler's Total Domination Of Western Europe
In the Battle of Britain, the UK employed an integrated air defence system to deny Nazi Germany air superiority over the English Channel and prevented Germany from invading the UK.
8 Sep 2021
The Airstrike that Won the Six Day War for Israel
Israeli Air Force planning, training, intelligence, leadership, and strategic thinking enabled Israel to destroy enemy air forces early in the six-day war.
29 Dec 2021
Why Nazi Germany Couldn't Win at the Battle of the Bulge
Germany did not have the economic resources to put forces into battle that could defeat the allies.
7 Nov 2021
Groupthink Blinded Imperial Japan at the Battle of Midway
The USA defeated the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway because of poor Japanese planning, groupthink, and the failure of the Japanese to allow any criticism of their flawed operational plan.
3 Sep 2021
"The Most Complete Naval Victory": How America Smashed Japan at Midway
The US' victory at Midway was due to a superior strategy and a very high level of tactical leadership.
3 September 2021
The Battle of the Coral Sea 1942: The First Aircraft Carrier Battle in History
How the Battle of the Coral Sea unfolded without real time ISR to inform decision making.
14 Feb 2022
The Battle at Leyte Gulf: The Biggest Naval Battle Ever Broke Japan
This article argues that although the WW2 Battle at Leyte Gulf effectively ended the Japanese Navy’s ability to influence the course of the war, lessons shouldn’t be carved in stone but rather be subject to time, technology and warmaking methods.
1 Feb 2022
Stories of the Battle of Britain 1940 – Constant-Speed Propellers
In early 1940 the Spitfire appeared to be no match for the German Messerschmitt Bf-109 during aerial combat; however, switching the Spitfire's variable speed propellor to a constant speed propellor—dramatically improved the Spitfire's performance and more than made it a match for the Bf-109.
3 Sep 2021
Kursk The greatest tank battle in history might have ended differently had it not been for the action in the air.
The Soviet’s airpower was a major factor in defeating Nazi Germany in the Battle of Kursk during WW2.
7 Dec 2021
Attack on Pearl Harbor—1941
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in President Roosevelt signing a declaration of war against Japan, marking the United States' official entrance into World War II.
4 Nov 2019
Air & Space Power
The Defeat of the Red Baron – Future Air Defence of the Manoeuvre Force
Without a tactical air defence capability it is questionable whether the Army will be able to adequately protect its forces from UAV and low altitude rotary assets.
19 Sep 2022
This Is What Made The de Havilland Vampire Such A Unique Fighter Jet
The de Haviland Vampire jet was developed during WW2 and was capable in both the fighter and attack roles— the RN and RAN used the Sea Vampire version, and the RAAF later used it as a training aircraft.