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At the dawn of airpower : the U.S Army, Navy, and Marine Corps' approach to the airplane, 1907-1917  Cover Image Book Book

At the dawn of airpower : the U.S Army, Navy, and Marine Corps' approach to the airplane, 1907-1917

Summary: "At the Dawn of Airpower: The U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps' Approach to the Airplane, 1907-1917 examines the development of aviation in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps from their first official steps into aviation up to the United States' declaration of war against Germany in April, 1917. Burke explains why each of the services wanted airplanes and show how they developed their respective air arms and the doctrine that guided them. His narrative follows aviation developments closely, delving deep into the official and personal papers of those involved and teasing out the ideas and intents of the early pioneers who drove military aviation Burke also closely examines the consequences of both accidental and conscious decisions on the development of the nascent aviation arms. Certainly, the slow advancement of the technology of the airplane itself in the United States (compared to Europe) in this period affected the creation of doctrine in this period. Likewise, notions that the war that broke out in 1914 was strictly a European concern, reinforced by President Woodrow Wilson's intentions to keep the United States out of that war, meant that the U.S. military had no incentive to "keep up" with European military aviation. Ultimately, however, he concludes that it was the respective services' inability to create a strong, durable network connecting those flying the airplanes regularly (technology advocates) with the senior officers exercising control over their budget and organization (technology patrons) that hindered military aviation during this period"--

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  • ISBN: 1682477290 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781682477298 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxvii, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Army 1907-1910 : The Army gets a plane -- Navy/Marines 1909-1912 : The origins of naval aviation -- Army 1911-1912 : More pilots, more planes -- Navy/Marines 1912-1923 : Return to Annapolis and the beginnings of Marine Corps aviation -- Interservice organization I : Finding common interests -- Army 1912-1914 : A permanent school and a move towards operational status -- Navy/Marines 1914-1917 : Reorganizaton and disruption in naval aviation -- Army 1915-1917 : The European war, scandal, and a deployment -- Interservice organization II : Joint boards.
Subject: Aeronautics, Military United States History 20th century
Naval aviation United States History 20th century
Aéronautique militaire États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
HISTORY / Military / Aviation
HISTORY / Military / United States
Aeronautics, Military
Naval aviation
United States
Genre: History.

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