Without the support of airlift, the modern American military machine would be brought to a standstill. Since World War II--beginning with the Cold War and continuing up to the present day--the U.S. armed forces have come increasingly to rely upon airlift for mobility. The power to rapidly move and thereafter support a military operation--anywhere in the world, at any time--has become a foundational element of American defense policy. This work provides the reader with a comprehensive historical survey--including technical specifications, drawings, and photographs--of each type of fixed-wing aircraft used by U.S. military forces over a nearly 90-year period to carry out the airlift mission.
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E.R. Johnson, an attorney, has flown 20 different types of aircraft as pilot-in-command. He is the author of four books and more than 50 articles on aviation and lives in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Lloyd S. Jones, an aviation artist and author, researches, designs and writes for major airplane model companies, and creates detailed aircraft illustrations. He lives in Costa Mesa, California.Review:
"Will win a place in serious libraries the world over." --Aviation History
"Very well organized, covering literally hundreds of aircraft." --StrategyPage.COM
"A labor of love based on its considerable breath and depth of content." --Tommy H. Thomason, author of Naval Air Superiority
"Meticulously researched...engrossing, both in its technical detail and pleasing format." --Choice
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