Academic journal article Air Power History

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Academic journal article Air Power History

From the Editor

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The lead article, by James S. Corum, examines the failure of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe, to cooperate, on strategic and economic levels, with its allied air forces, especially Italy, Finland, Rumania, and Hungary. He asserts that the consequence of this failure to lead an effective "coalition," contributed to Germany's defeat.

Daniel L. Haulman takes afresh look at the performance of the U.S. Army Air Forces's carriers in delivering the airborne troops at dawn on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He systematically reviews the reasons for their less than perfect record. Yet, the results were much better than what some historical accounts have led us to believe.

Historian Richard K. Smith is memorialized by two other outstanding historians, R, Cargill Hall and David Alan Rosenberg. Although he was not widely known, Smith contributed to aviation history by introducing the role of weight-ratios and structural loading in aircraft performance. And as the authors note, he proved correct in many other areas.

We continue to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Air Force in space and missiles. 1954-2004. Col. Lester F. Rentmeester, USAF (Ret.), reminisces about the origins of the United States's space program and his role in it, while he was a project officer on the Air Staff in the Pentagon. …

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