By Walter J. Boyne
Air struggle: a world Encyclopedia is the 1st encyclopedia to record the whole historical past of aerial strive against, from the primitive biplanes of global warfare I to the subtle stealth combatants of the twenty first century. The greater than 900 entries, lavishly illustrated with pictures and maps, disguise all of it -- the 1st, the quickest, the top, the newest. greater than a hundred best foreign students and specialists -- many with own wrestle adventure -- provide completely researched, basically written articles at the recognized aces, designers, battles, air campaigns, guns, and flying machines of air warfare's first ninety years.
Accessible to pupil, fanatic, and student alike, Air conflict presents the reader argument-settling services, full of life and pleasing entries, and solutions to millions of questions: Who first used air strength opposed to civilians? How did a handful of Royal Air strength aces defeat the strong Luftwaffe within the conflict of england? Has bombing on my own ever received a struggle? the place does the way forward for aerial struggle lie?
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Between 12 and 14 April, Chamberlin and Acosta covered an estimated 4,100 miles, more than 500 miles farther than the distance from New York to Paris. Shortly thereafter, Acosta flew the Atlantic as part of a four-man crew led by the world-famous explorer, Richard E. Byrd. The crew may have reached Paris, but instrument problems and poor weather forced them to double back and ditch the plane in the ocean near the village of Ver-sur-Mer on 1 July 1927. Despite the inglorious finish and losing the transatlantic race to Charles Lindbergh by nearly two months, the crew received great international acclaim.
Perhaps the most dramatic uses of aerial refueling 5 have occurred in long-range strike missions. During the Vietnam War, aerial refueling enabled bombers based on Guam to hit targets in Vietnam. In the Falklands War,Vulcan tankers refueled bombers on transatlantic missions. S. bombing raids against Libya, Iraq, and Serbia launched from Britain and the United States would have been impossible without multiple aerial refuelings. Aerial refueling is a force extender and a force multiplier. S. deployment for the Gulf War, as well as later peacekeeping and contingency operations, were accelerated by the ability to move fighters and cargo aircraft rapidly using aerial refueling.
This telescoping tube, affixed to the tanker’s aft body, is used to mate the tanker and receiver. It transfers fuel much faster than the probe-and-drogue setup. General Curtis LeMay deemed this essential for refueling large aircraft, such as the B-52 bomber. Thus, the KC-135, with its flying boom, was selected in 1955 as the USAF’s primary tanker. It remains in service today. Virtually all USAF strategic airlifters are air-refuelable. S. ability to project power worldwide. The first combat air refueling took place on 6 July 1951, when a USAF KB-29 linked up with a flight of RF-80s over Korea.
Air Warfare: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-2 by Walter J. Boyne