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Air Transport

John Plating

in Military History

ISBN: 9780199791279
Published online February 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199791279-0008
Air Transport

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The history of military air transport is largely an overlooked field of academic research. Within the field that is airpower studies, there is no shortage of literature on topics concerning strategic bombing or fighter/pursuit/attack aviation. But air transport is typically considered a subset of the broader study of logistics, and so—lacking the glitz and panache of lethal forms of the air weapon—it is usually reduced to the realm of tons carried, troops delivered, or sorties flown. This said, there is much room for growth in this important field of military history, especially as most of the extant literature on the topic lies in two clumps, during World War II, and during the Vietnam War. This being the case—and because the United States has consistently been the home of the world’s foremost air-transport services—most of the literature on the topic tends to cover American efforts, though occasional exceptions do exist. Also, because military air transport is so closely tied to commercial air transport, it is important to acknowledge the connection, which is something this bibliography strives to accomplish.

Article.  8565 words. 

Subjects: Military History ; Pre-20th Century Warfare ; First World War ; Second World War ; Post-WW2 Military History

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