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

1st Edition

Colin S Sinnott

Routledge
Published July 17, 2014
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780415761307 - CAT# Y163336
Series: Studies in Air Power

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Summary

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 requirements on the basis of a detailed study of Air Ministry papers of the time. By tracing the development of operational requirements, the author exposes the thinking behind the RAF's quest for effective fighter and bomber aircraft. He describes the ideas and concepts of air warfare that were adopted in the 1920s, and shows how these evolved into the Air Staff's requirements for the aircraft which the RAF entered and fought in World War II.

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