Air power and the modern world
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Air power and the modern world book
There can be little doubt that air power has been the most important innovation in warfare during the modern era. Only nuclear weaponry can be said to have had anything like the same impact on the nature of war, but ultimately even this force requires three-dimensional projection to be effective. The aeroplane has shaped, revolutionized and driven warfare in wholly new directions, and at the turn of the millennium, its arch-proponents were making increasingly optimistic claims for the capability of air power, both actual and potential. Indeed, it has been a relatively short, though painful, journey from the ﬁrst faltering leaps into the air by the Wright brothers in 1903, through the devastation of cities in World War Two, to the apparent domination of conﬂict by air power in the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.