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Historical dictionary of the United States Air Force and its antecedents
Terry, Michael, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
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xix, 460 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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UG633 .T423 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The Historical Dictionary of the United States Air Force and Its Antecedents presents terms of the significant events, important leaders, and technological improvements that define the evolution of the United States Air Force. From just three airmen in 1907, the USAF passed through a peak of 2.4 million service persons during World War II to reach its present strength of around 381,000 officers and airmen. Those 381,000 people are members of the most powerful and proficient military arm in history. Since World War II, the Air Force has fought three major conflicts: the Korean Air War, the Vietnam Air War, and the Persian Gulf Air War. It has also conducted numerous contingency operations such as the Berlin Airlift, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the raid on Libya, and the Bosnian Crisis. This volume documents the USAF presence in all of these conflicts as well as the state of the force during peace time including the Cold War tensions. Dictionary entries present concise, accurate information on aircraft and weapons, operations and wars, different organizational forms and bureaucracies, and the politics which governed as the Air Force sought its independence.

Author Notes

The late Michael Robert Terry studied military history at the United States Air Force Academy and at the University of North Dakota. He had 2,600 flight hours served in the Air Force.

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Editor's Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xvii
Chronologyp. 1
Introductionp. 39
The Dictionaryp. 63
Bibliographyp. 413
General Referencep. 413
Organization and Antecedent Historyp. 415
Leaders and Airmenp. 416
Wars, Campaigns, Engagements, and Battlesp. 418
World War I, Air Warp. 418
World War II, Air Warp. 419
Korean Air Warp. 422
Vietnam Air Warp. 422
Persian Gulf Air Warp. 424
Minor Engagements and Other Operationsp. 425
Technologies, Aircraft, Missiles, and Weaponryp. 425
Doctrine, Strategy, Theory, and Tacticsp. 428
Space Warfarep. 431
Future Air Warfarep. 433
Miscellaneous Works and Periodicalsp. 434
Appendix 1 Antecedents of the United States Air Forcep. 435
Appendix 2 Leading Aces of All Warsp. 437
Appendix 3 Leading Army Air Service, AEF Aces of World War Ip. 439
Appendix 4 Leading Army Air Forces Aces of World War IIp. 441
Appendix 5 Air Force Aces of the Korean Air Warp. 443
Appendix 6 Air Force Aces of the Vietnam Air Warp. 445
Appendix 7 Major Combat Operationsp. 447
Appendix 8 Medal of Honor Recipientsp. 453
Appendix 9 Air Force Military Ranksp. 455
Appendix 10 Air Force Personnel Strengthp. 457
About the Authorp. 459