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Air and Space Defense

Air and Space Defense  

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Recognizing that the two great oceans that had protected the United States from invasion for more than a century could now, at least in theory, be overcome through aerial assault ...
Air Force Combat Organizations: Tactical Air Forces

Air Force Combat Organizations: Tactical Air Forces  

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Tactical air forces are air combat forces that are organized to conduct operations within a theater of war in support of military campaign and possibly national objectives. The traditional view ...
Air National Guard

Air National Guard  

ANG a separate reserve component of the U.S. Air Force, its mission is to provide ready units at the national level (to support national security objectives), state level (to protect ...
Air Warfare

Air Warfare  

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Despite having given birth to the airplane in 1903, the United States was slow to explore the military applications of aviation and had effectively no air arm when war broke ...
Aircraft Industrialists

Aircraft Industrialists  

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Among the ever‐widening links between military and social institutions, few have been as extensive or dynamic as the relationship between the U.S. military and the aircraft industry. From the ...
airforce

airforce  

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The armed service concerned with attack and defence in the air. Aircraft were first used in World War I to locate targets for artillery on the Western Front, but from 1916 onwards they were developed ...
Army Combat Branches: Aviation

Army Combat Branches: Aviation  

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The army aviation combat branch consists of those aircraft so essential to the day‐to‐day operations of ground forces that they are placed under the command and control of a ground ...
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.  

(1912–2002) U.S. army officer and aviator. Davis Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., the son of the first African-American general. He graduated from West Point in 1936 as an infantryman ...
Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell  

(1879–1936) army air service officer, born William Lendrum Mitchell in Nice, France. Mitchell was one of the outstanding combat air officers of World War I, commanding the largest concentration of ...
Curtis E. LeMay

Curtis E. LeMay  

(1906–1990), air tactician and World War II general.Lemay began his career in 1929 as a fighter pilot and transferred to bombers in 1937. In May 1942, he took command ...
Henry Harley Arnold

Henry Harley Arnold  

(1886–1950) aviation pioneer and general, born in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Arnold was a natural flier and pioneer. As chief of the Army Air Force, he oversaw expansion of Army Air Forces ...
Hoyt Vandenberg

Hoyt Vandenberg  

(1899–1954), air force general.A 1923 graduate of West Point, Vandenberg was handsome, affable, and the nephew of a senator. He began his career in ground support aviation. In the ...
interservice rivalry

interservice rivalry  

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The competition between military services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) for prestige, funding, and influence, particularly in the Congress.
Nathan F. Twining

Nathan F. Twining  

(1897–1982), World War II general.Twining was a 1918 graduate of U.S. Military Academy and served in U.S. National Guard during World War I. Throughout his career, from private to ...
National Security Act

National Security Act  

A law signed on July 26, 1947, to reorganize and centralize the military after World War II. It established a National Security Council, which included the newly created Office of ...
satellite

satellite  

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1 A natural object that orbits a planet.2 An artificial object that is placed in orbit around the Earth or another planet in order to collect information or for communication. See also remote sensing.
Spaatz, Carl

Spaatz, Carl  

(1891–1974) Air Force Chief of Staff. A Pennsylvanian, Spaatz was among the first twenty-five officers to qualify for the aviation branch of the Army Signal Corps. In World War I ...
Space Program

Space Program  

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Canada's space activities initially centred on scientific studies supported by the National Research Council and, from its establishment in 1947, the Defence Research Board. Cosmic ray studies were ...
Thomas C. Kinkaid

Thomas C. Kinkaid  

(1888–1972) career naval officer and commander during World War II, born in Hanover, New Hampshire. Kinkaid landed Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops at Leyte Gulf (1944) and, following that great naval ...
transport plane

transport plane  

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Aircraft designed and used, without modification, to transport cargo and personnel. See also aircraft.

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