Air Warfare in the Missile Age

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Smithsonian Institution, 2010 - History - 337 pages
Lon O. Nordeen has completely updated his 1985 chronicle of military aviation's evolving role in warfare, now covering the major conflicts of the past four decades. He presents the historical and political background of each conflict and includes in-depth discussions of the aircraft, weapons, tactics, training, new systems, and other factors that influenced the outcome of each war. New and existing chapters have been enhanced with information based on recently declassified material—especially regarding Vietnam—and new sources in Egypt, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. As “smart” bombs have become more successful in reducing the risks for pilots and frontline troops, air-missile warfare has become the central player in military conflicts. Air Warfare in the Missile Age, Second Edition, is a valuable resource for understanding the evolution of modern air warfare.
 

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Contents

Rolling Thunder North Vietnam 19641968
1
Linebacker and Linebacker II The Vietnam Conflict 19711973
39
The Battle for Kashmir The IndoPakistan Conflict 1965
61
The Battle for Bangladesh The IndoPakistan War 1971
74
The SixDay War The ArabIsraeli Conflict 1967
89
The War of Attrition The ArabIsraeli Conflict 19671970
103
The Yom Kippur War The ArabIsraeli Conflict 1973
123
Continuing Conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan 19732001
149
The IranIraq War 19801988
190
The Gulf War 19902001
204
The Balkan Civil Wars 19912001
237
Conclusion
260
Aircraft and Weapons 2000
280
Notes
297
Bibliography
319
Index
331

The Battle for the Malvinas The Falkland Islands Conflict 1982
173

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About the author (2010)

Lon O. Nordeen is manager, business development at Boeing. He is the author of Fighters over Israel (1990) and Phoenix over the Nile: A History of Egyptian Air Power, 1933-1994 (Smithsonian, 1996). He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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