By Charles J. Gross
Gross discusses significant advancements in airplane, doctrine, education, and operations. He additionally offers discussions of airlift, in-flight refueling, army budgets, undefined, and inter-service squabbling. He deftly sketches the evolution of the air hands of every of the various providers and offers transparent research of army budgets. He presents checks of Eisenhower’s “New glance” and MAD (Mutually guaranteed Destruction); of McNamara’s attempt to exploit “commonality”of gear to chop expenditures and Kennedy’s buildup of the army; of the Nixon Doctrine and the failure of air energy to solve the lengthy drawn-out clash in Southeast Asia; and of the turning out to be reliance on American air-power within the post-Cold battle world.
This good illustrated quantity deals the 1st extensive background of yank army aviation. army execs, students, civilian executive coverage makers and planners, contributors of the media who pay attention to security concerns, and individuals of most of the people will all depend on this booklet because the necessary advisor to the “indispensable arm.”
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The impasse had threatened to cripple technical innovation and production. To help break that legal logjam, acting–Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt turned to NACA in January, . After several months of quiet negotiations, NACA was able to convince the manufacturers to form an association and pay a set fee for each aircraft produced. The proceeds of that cross-licensing agreement were then divided between Wright-Martin, Curtiss, and the association. 45 By the end of World War I, more than three hundred plants employing some two hundred thousand people were involved in aircraft and engine construction in the United States.
Its security seemed assured by large oceans and a strong navy. Most senior army and 20 ✪ AMERICAN MILITARY AVIATION Eugene Ely, a civilian pilot employed by Glenn H. Curtiss, flying from the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay on January 18, 1911. Earlier that day, Ely landed on a specially built platform on the Pennsylvania. On November 14, 1910, Ely launched a Curtiss plane from a wooden platform on the USS Birmingham (CL-2) at Hampton Roads, Virginia. S. Navy. S. ) navy leaders were at least skeptical of military aviation.
S. aviation technology progressed slowly in the absence of any signiﬁcant domestic military or commercial market. Congress had rejected the chief signal oﬃcer’s appeals in , , and to appropriate funds for aeronautical development before ﬁnally granting appropriations for that purpose in March, . The Signal Corps obtained , for the purchase of ﬁve aircraft. Largely because of Chambers’s eﬀective lobbying, the navy received an equal grant that month for buying two land planes and an amphibian.