Air warfare: an international encyclopedia by Walter J. Boyne

By Walter J. Boyne

Written via greater than a hundred foreign students and specialists, this encyclopedia chronicles the members, apparatus, and drama of approximately a century of aerial combat.

• greater than 900 A–Z entries 0 in at the first, the simplest, the worst, the quickest, the top, the latest

• Contributions from a few a hundred best foreign experts―many with strive against experience

• Lavish set of illustrations with quite a few images together with the Mitsubishi G4M outfitted with the Okha suicide missile, the purple Baron, and the 1st all-female aircrew of the U.S. Air Force

• Maps starting from the Western entrance as stabilized in 1915 to the Persian Gulf struggle in 1991

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Ader, Clement (1841–1925) French aviation pioneer born in Muret who carried out flight experiments in the late nineteenth century. Ader performed a brief, uncontrolled takeoff in one of his machines in 1890. Although ultimately unsuccessful in controlled flight (he claimed to have flown in 1897, but evidence is scarce), he remained interested in military aviation and wrote four books on its potential. ) Lacking the benefit of warfare experience at the turn of the century, few military thinkers initially paid close attention to Ader’s published work, although it remains a classic in the development of air war thinking.

Acosta died on 1 September 1954. ” Acosta’s memory is perpetuated at the Portal of the Folded Wings, a shrine to early aviators in Los Angeles. Acosta, Bertrand B. (1895–1954) Aviation pioneer. Born in San Diego, California, on 15 January 1895, Bertrand Blanchard “Bert” Acosta taught himself to fly and is thought to have built and flown his first airplane in 1910. He joined the Curtiss School of Aviation at San Diego’s North Island as a mechanic in 1914 and became part of the instructional staff in 1915.

In fall 2000, the Foresio family was negotiating the sale of its 75 percent share to Finmeccanica, the parent company of Alenia Aerospazio, with the stated purpose of making Aermacchi the training aircraft division of EADS, or the European Aeronautical Defense Systems. By 2002, these plans were on hold. Gregory Alegi See also Aeritalia; Agusta; Alenia; Italian Air Force; Italian Aircraft Development; Regia Aeronautica (Pre–World War II); Regia Aeronautica (World War II); SIAI Marchetti 7 References Alegi, Gregory.

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