A Short History of Air Power by James L. Stokesbury

By James L. Stokesbury

This concise account of the army use of the aircraft during the last seventy-five years covers significant conflicts in Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and either international wars, in addition to the adjustments in know-how, strategies, and attitudes towards using air strength.

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Ten weeks later the Admiralty managed, by straining every source, to get two Sopwith seaplanes out to East Africa. re- These were uncrated and assembled; one immediately crashed and the second months and the British got three more aircraft out, Short seaplanes this time. These were good enough to fly, and the British once again found the Konigsberg and took pictures of her.

The mathematics of the proposition dictated that he would inevitably shoot off his own propeller in the process, but with a Gallic shrug he insisted that such things happened, and if prepared for it, he could glide to a landing behind his own lines start a plane by himself, let alone fly it at night. — — anyway. The more he thought the ordnance shop and plane. Then he of it, the more feasible it seemed. He went to demanded a Hotchkiss gun to mount on his got a boost from an armorer with similar experiments before the war: If who had been he involved fitted steel deflector an angle to the back of his propeller blade where the bullets would strike, those bullets that did hit the blade would mostly be shunted aside.

Only three of them made it; the engine of the fourth acted up, leavto get to. mander ing its E. F. Briggs to swearing pilot to sit out the raid. The ing four twenty-pound bombs, took off and 33 other three, each carry- made the long flight — it A SHORT HISTORY OF AIR POWER — was 250 miles there and back arriving over Lake Constance without incident. They skimmed the distance of the lake, then climbed to altitude and came in and bombed. The Germans were taken completely by surprise, and though they responded rapidly with whatever guns were available, the raid was a success.

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