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Air Mobility
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Global air mobility is an American invention. During the twentieth century, other nations developed capabilities to transport supplies and personnel by air to support deployed military forces. But only the United States mustered the resources and will to create a global transport force and aerial refueling aircraft capable of moving air and ground combat forces of all types to anywhere in the world and supporting them in continuous combat operations. Whether contemplating a bomber campaign or halting another surprise attack, American war planners have depended on transport and tanker aircraft to launch, reinforce, and sustain operations.

Air mobility has also changed the way the United States relates to the world. American leaders use air mobility to signal friends and enemies of their intent and ability to intervene, attack, or defend on short notice and powerfully. Stateside air wings and armored brigades on Sunday can be patrolling the air of any continent on Wednesday and taking up defensive positions on a friend's borders by Friday. This capability affects the diplomacy and the calculations of America and its friends and enemies alike. Moreover, such global mobility has made America the world's philanthropist. From their earliest days, American airlift forces have performed thousands of humanitarian missions, dropping hay to snow-bound cattle, taking stranded pilgrims to Mecca, and delivering food and medicine to tsunami stricken towns.

Air Mobility examines how air power elevated the American military's penchant for speed and ability to maneuver to an art unequalled by any other nation.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Other Books in the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Terms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. 1. Discovering Air Mobility
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 2. Military Air Transport in the 1920s
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. 3. Civil Aviation between the Wars
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. 4. Military Air Transport in the 1930s
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. 5. Mobilizing Air Transport for Global War
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 6. Air Transport in World War II
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. 7. Troop Carrier Aviation in World War II
  2. pp. 43-57
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  1. 8. Airlift Consolidation in the 1940s
  2. pp. 58-69
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  1. 9. The Berlin Airlift
  2. pp. 70-86
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  1. 10. The Korean War
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. 11. Troop Carrier Aviation in the 1950s
  2. pp. 105-116
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  1. 12. Army Aviation in the 1950s
  2. pp. 117-131
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  1. 13. Air Transport in the 1950s
  2. pp. 132-144
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  1. 14. The National Military Airlift Hearings
  2. pp. 145-155
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  1. 15. Inventing the Civil Reserve Airlift Fleet
  2. pp. 156-170
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  1. 16. Vietnam: The Air Mobility War
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 17. Nickel Grass
  2. pp. 190-199
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  1. 18. Airlift Consolidation in the 1970s
  2. pp. 200-216
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  1. 19. Airlift in the 1980s
  2. pp. 217-228
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  1. 20. Acquisition of the C-17
  2. pp. 229-239
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  1. 21. The First Gulf War
  2. pp. 240-253
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  1. 22. Messing with Success: The Reorganization of Air Mobility Forces after the Gulf War
  2. pp. 254-261
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  1. 23. The 1990s: Years of Steady-State Surge
  2. pp. 262-276
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  1. 24. The 2000s: Years of Steady-State War
  2. pp. 277-296
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  1. 25. Haiti 2010: The Way It Works
  2. pp. 297-308
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  1. 26. The Secret Is People
  2. pp. 309-314
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-370
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 371-378
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379-382
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 383-383
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 384-393
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