Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique and informative monograph presents the results of a gathering of notable civilian and military personnel in a symposium to celebrate the United States Air Force's fiftieth anniversary. Among the papers presented were those covering individual reminiscences and the results of historical research encompassing not only the germinal Army Air Service but also futuristic aerospace concepts.
The symposium celebrated the technical and operational achievements and the leaders of those years and their predecessors. The papers delivered during the symposium offer glimpses into the history of the United States' air arm during the twentieth century. The reminiscences of the great airmen and civilian leaders who participated give human coloration to that story. The Air Force History and Museums Program hopes that the proceedings collected in this volume will prove of value as an introduction to the service and its history.
Roundtable: Turning Points * Gen. Bryce Poe II, USAF (Ret.), Moderator * Gen. Bernard A. Schriever, USAF (Ret.) * Gen. Jacob E. Smart, USAF (Ret.) * Lt. Gen. Devol Brett, USAF (Ret.) * Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Mclnerney, USAF (Ret.) * The Road to Independence * Air Power Engineer: Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick and the Air Force Road to Independence * Robert P. White * The U.S. Army Air Corps and the Search for Autonomy, 1926-1943 * Roger G. Miller * Arnold, Eisenhower and Norstad: The Fight for Air Independence * Herman S. Wolk * The Evolution of the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force * George M. Watson, Jr. * Luncheon Address * History as Biography * The Honorable Eugene M. Zuckert * Roles and Missions * The Air Force and Strategic Air Power: Defining the Mission * Walton S. Moody * Air Force Space Missions: Prophecy Fulfilled? A Historical Overview * George W. Bradley III * Combat Support * Fifty Years of Air Force Logistics, 1947-1997 * William W. Suit * Eight Decades of American Military Airlift * Daniel L. Haulman * U.S. Air Force Peacetime Airborne Reconnaissance During the Cold War, 1946-1990 * Vance O. Mitchell * Keynote Address * Turning Points * Gen. John T. Chain, Jr. USAF (Ret.) * Remarks * Golden Legacy, Boundless Future * Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman * Doctrine for Strategic Air Attack * Technology, Thought, Troops: Gen. Carl A. Spaatz and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age * David R. Mets * The War from above the Clouds: B-52 Operations during the Second Indochina War and the Effects of the Air War on Air Power Doctrine * William P. Head * Should Deterrence Fail: Strategic Attack Theory in the Nuclear Era * Mark J. Conversino * The Air Force at War * New Perspectives on the Combined Bomber Offensive: Results of a Statistical Analysis * Richard G. Davis * Command and Control of Air Operations: A Chimera of the Korean War * William T. Y'Blood * A Different Air Force: War and Change from Vietnam to Bosnia * Wayne Thompson * Advances in Technology * Air Power and the Modern World * Richard P. Hallion * Developing Missile Flight Controls: From Guide Sticks to Impulse Thrusters * Donald R. Baucom * The Satellite - From Definite Possibility to Absolute Necessity: Five Decades of Technological Change * Rick W. Sturdevant * History and Its Uses * Gen. Bryce Poe II, USAF (Ret.)
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