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This book is the basis for airpower doctrine in the US, and demonstrates  how forward looking Gen Mitchell was even though the technology for conducting air operations was in its infancy  when it was written.  It is essential reading for anyone concerned with airpower history or aerospace doctrine.

William Lendrum "Billy" Mitchell (December 28, 1879 – February 19, 1936) was an American Army general who is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force, and is one of the most famous and most controversial figures in the history of American airpower.

Mitchell served in France during the First World War and, by the conflict's end, commanded all American air combat units in that country. After the war, he was appointed deputy director of the Air Service and began to advocate  increased investment in air power, claiming this would prove vital in future wars. He particularly stressed the ability of bombers to sink battleships and organized a series of dramatic bombing runs against stationary ships designed to test the idea that attracted wide notice from the public.

He antagonized many  in both the Army and Navy with his arguments and criticism and, in 1925, was demoted to Colonel. Later that year, he was court-martialed for insubordination after accusing military chiefs of an "almost treasonable administration of the national defense." He resigned from the service shortly thereafter.

Mitchell received many honors following his death, including a commission by the President as a Major General. He is also the only individual after whom a type of American military aircraft is named: the B-25 "Mitchell."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. A Note on Billy Mitchell and His Book
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xix
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  1. I. The Aeronautical Era
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. II. Leadership in Aeronautics Goes to the United States
  2. pp. 27-55
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  1. III. The United States Air Force Proves that Aircraft Dominate Seacraft
  2. pp. 56-76
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  1. IV. Civil and Commercial Aviation
  2. pp. 77-96
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  1. V. How Should We Organize Our National Air Power? Make it a Main Force or Still an Appendage?
  2. pp. 97-119
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  1. VI. The Effect of Air Power on the Modification and Limitation of International Armaments [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 120-138
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  1. VII. A Glance at Modern Aeronautics
  2. pp. 139-158
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  1. VIII. The Making of an Air Force Personnel
  2. pp. 159-180
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  1. IX. The Obtaining of the Aircraft and Equipment for the Flyers
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. X. The Defense Against Aircraft
  2. pp. 199-213
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  1. XI. Conclusions
  2. pp. 214-223
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 225-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817383046
Related ISBN
9780817356057
MARC Record
OCLC
772459666
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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