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Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960: Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation

Westland and the British Helicopter Industry, 1945-1960: Licensed Production versus Indigenous Innovation

Matthew R.H. Uttley
November 26, 2015

This study explains how Westland dominated British helicopter production and why government funding and support failed to generate competitive "all-British" alternatives. In doing so, the book evaluates broader historiographic assumptions about the purported "failure" of british aircraft...

The RAF and Aircraft Design: Air Staff Operational Requirements 1923-1939

The RAF and Aircraft Design: Air Staff Operational Requirements 1923-1939

Colin S Sinnott
July 17, 2014

This work examines the evolution of the RAF's operational requirements for its home defence air force - for bombers to mount a deterrent counter offensive and for fighters to provide direct defence of Britain. It discusses the management processes, policies and decisions relevant to operational...

Tedder: Quietly in Command

Tedder: Quietly in Command

Vincent Orange
April 06, 2006

Arthur Tedder became one of the most eminent figures of the Second World War: first as head of Anglo-American air forces in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa; then as Deputy Supreme Commander to General Eisenhower for the Allied campaign that began in Normandy and ended in Berlin....

Tedder: Quietly in Command

Tedder: Quietly in Command

Vincent Orange
April 22, 2004

Arthur Tedder became one of the most eminent figures of the Second World War: first as head of Anglo-American air forces in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa; then as Deputy Supreme Commander to General Eisenhower for the Allied campaign that began in Normandy and ended in Berlin....

The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power: A History of the British Bomber Force 1923-1939

The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power: A History of the British Bomber Force 1923-1939

Neville Jones
August 30, 2003

Using official records, the author traces the origins and early development of strategic bombing, and examines its organs in the operations and staff planning of the First World War. The experiences of the First World War should have been a valuable legacy to those who devised the 'counter...

Airwar: Essays on its Theory and Practice

Airwar: Essays on its Theory and Practice

Phillip S. Meilinger
April 29, 2003

According to the author all aircrews, tacticians and those who direct them have to realise the limitations of air power during conflicts. For years opinion has differed as to whether the aircraft has altered war strategies or merely the tactics of war. This volume explores the limits of airpower....

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

John Andreas Olsen
February 01, 2003

In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi...

Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo

Sebastian Cox, Peter Gray
May 31, 2002

he 20th century saw air power transformed from novelists' fantasy into stark reality. From string and canvas to precision weaponry and stealth, air power has progressed to become not only the weapon of first political choice, but often the only conceivable option. This rapid development has given...

Sir Frederick Sykes and the Air Revolution 1912-1918

Sir Frederick Sykes and the Air Revolution 1912-1918

Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Ash
March 31, 1999

This is a long-overdue study of Sir Frederick H. Sykes, Chief of the Air Staff of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) during the First World War. Historians, for the most part, have either overlooked Sykes or misinterpreted him, leaving a gap in the story of British flying. Contrary to previous images...

Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century

Russian Aviation and Air Power in the Twentieth Century

John Greenwood, Von Hardesty, Robin Higham
October 01, 1998

In the light of new archival material the editors take a fresh look at Russian aviation in the twentieth century. Presenting a comprehensive view of Russian aviation, from its genesis in the late czarist period to the present era, the approach is essentially chronological with a major emphasis on...

Air Power at the Battlefront: Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1943-45

Air Power at the Battlefront: Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1943-45

Dr Ian Gooderson
February 28, 1998

Ian Gooderson presents a study of close air support in World War II, with the analysis focusing on the use of tactical air power by British and American forces during the campaigns in Italy and northwestern Europe between 1943 and 1945....

Industry and Air Power: The Expansion of British Aircraft Production, 1935-1941

Industry and Air Power: The Expansion of British Aircraft Production, 1935-1941

Noel Sebastian Ritchie, Sebastian Ritchie
May 31, 1997

The author begins with a general survey of British aircraft manufacturing in the inter-war period. Policy, production, finance and contracts are examined, and the final chapter is concerned with the mobilization of the aircraft industry in 1939, and the emergency measures of 1940....

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