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Architects of American Air Supremacy

By Von Karman, Theodore, Dr.

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Title: Architects of American Air Supremacy  
Author: Von Karman, Theodore, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
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Publisher: Air University Press


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Preface: This study highlights elements of technology with which Henry H. Arnold and Theodore von Kermen were directly involved. Very little is included covering specific air operations during World War II, although technology was certainly vital to them. Little is included concerning scientific achievement outside of the framework of the Army Air Forces, although the effect of military technological development on the civilian world, during and particularly after the war, is indisputable. More significantly, the evolution of American science itself, from empiricism to a more German, theoretical approach to problem solution, is only indirectly addressed through the evolution of airpower. The biographical approach, emphasizing scientific and technological elements in Arnold?s and Kermen?s lives, is essential because the interaction of personalities, as well as their institutions, is inexorably linked to the development of American airpower. The importance of the personalities involved precludes a purely technological history of the airplane or the Air Force as a system within itself. For in the end, it was two men using their broad experience and innovative ideas, who created the blueprint with which American air supremacy has been built.

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Table of Contents: About the Author, Iv - Preface, Vi - Acknowledgments, Xi - 1 Genesis, 1 - 2 Educating An Airpower Architect, 9 - 3 Conceptualizing the Future Air Force, 55 - 4 the European Influence: Theodore Von K rm n, 97 - 5 the Blueprint, 127 - 6 Airpower Under Construction, 156 - 7 Conclusion, 189 - Appendix A the Military Career of Henry Harley Arnold (Cadet No. 4596), 205 - Appendix B Where We Stand, 209 - Appendix C Science: the Key to Air Supremacy287 - Glossary, 392 - Bibliography, 395


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