Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Exploding Fuel Tanks: Saga of Technology That Changed the Course of the Pacific Air War

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Exploding Fuel Tanks: Saga of Technology That Changed the Course of the Pacific Air War

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Exploding Fuel Tanks: Saga of Technology That Changed the Course of the Pacific Air War by Richard L. Dunn. Richard L. Dunn (http://explodingfueltanks.com/), 2011, 190 pages, $29.95 (softcover), ISBN 978-1-4507-7305-8.

Richard Dunn's Exploding Fuel Tanks is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in how aircraft development shaped the modern world. From a historical and technical perspective, it offers a fascinating glimpse into World War II aviation and the background of its evolution. Rather than writing an opinion piece derived from broad generalizations, the author simply lays out the facts and lets the reader reach a conclusion based on actual evidence.

Historians who focus only on technical specifications oftentimes merely summarize the subject of aircraft development. Instead, Dunn examines the topic at a particular time. For instance, instead of simply addressing the overall history of development, he details how certain decisions were made. Regarding aircraft fuel tanks and armor, the author relates the history of why aircraft progressed as they did. …

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