Academic journal article Air Power History

From the Editor

Academic journal article Air Power History

From the Editor

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Leading off this summer 2013 edition of Air Power History--our sixtieth year of publication --are four articles that we are sure you will enjoy.

The first is John Hildebrand's detailed account of the AACS Naples Detachment of the Army Air Corps, 1943-1947. This detachment was one of some 700 that provided global communications before the age of satellites. Although it sounds primitive by today's standards, it was a gigantic undertaking that required much effort and ingenuity to accomplish.

The second article is by Col. John L. Cirafici, USAF (Ret.), the airfield operations officer for Operation Restore Hope, the 1992-1993 humanitarian airlift undertaken to help feed hundreds of thousands of starving Somalis. Here, too, mastering politics and using ingenuity were essential to accomplish the mission and save countless lives caught up in a devastating civil war.

The third article is Part II, of Bill Head's history of the battle for Ra's Al-Khafji from January 29 to February 1, 1992. Air power "had repulsed a three-division attack and thwarted a major Iraqi initiative" and it left more than 300 land vehicles smoldering.

Jacob Neufeld and George Watson surveyed the treatment of Prisoners of War throughout the twentieth century. While they found widespread abuse by all governments, the United States stood out as the most humane. …

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