THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA : Tactical Airlift

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899 pages - 1983 - Used, mint condition
This huge book - which is well - illustrated with photographs, maps and insignias as well - will tell you about the Tactical Airlift used by the U.S.A.F. in Southeast Asia.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 899
Published date 1983
Language English
Size 18 x 25 x 6 cm
Author Ray L. Bowers
Editor Office of Air Force History

Description

Foreword

 

Throughout the War in Southeast Asia, American and Vietnamese forces relied heavily on tactical airlift to satisfy the logistical demands of the conflict. ( … ) Tactical airlift had to support simultaneously the full range of U.S. and Vietnamese activities : irregular forces, covert operations, remote outposts, and full - scale conventional operations involving thousands of men. And the support had to be provided despite shortages of aircraft and crews, bureaucratic inefficiency, and chronic scheduling problems.

 

( ... ) Tactical airlift matured in Vietnam. American airlift personnel worked with the French prior to their pull - out in the mid - 1950's, and started assisting South Vietnamese in the years just prior to the massive American involvement. Tactics were developed, and then changed constantly in an effort to adapt to current military situations. Sometimes the old procedures did not apply.

 

( ... ) ... the reader will be challenged to examine and to assimilate a wealth of detail, and to assemble a cogent picture of tactical airlift across a broad operational spectrum. One thing emerges with clarity from this book : tactical airlift in Vietnam triumphed over enormous obstacles. It will forever be to the credit of tactical airlift forces that few friendly units were overrun because tactical airlift failed to deliver the material when victory or defeat hinged on supply from the air.

 

RICHARD H. KOHN

Chief, Office of Air Force History

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Ray L. Bowers

Colonel ( Retd ) Ray Landis Bowers ( September 28th, 1927 ) was born in Lehighton ( Pennsylvania, United States ). 


He earned a Bachelor of Science ( B.S. ) from the United States Naval Academy ( Annapolis, Maryland, 1950 ), and a Master of Arts ( M.A. ) in History from the University of Wisconsin ( Madison, 1960 ). 


Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force ( U.S.A.F., 1950 ), Ray L. Bowers started his military career as a Navigator with the 84th Bomb Squadron ( 1951 - 1958 ). From 1960 to 1967, he was a member of the History Department at the United States Air Force Academy ( north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States ), where he directed instruction in the Military History Programme. 


As Chief Navigator with the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron ( equipped with Lockheed C - 130 Hercules, 1967 - 1968 ), Ray L. Bowers participated in the major Southeast Asian operations, such as the Battle of Khe Sanh ( January 21st - July 9th, 1968 ) and the Tet Offensive ( January 31st - September 23rd, 1968 ) resupply efforts ( Vietnam ). He then was assigned as a historian to the Office of Air Force History ( Washington, D.C., 1969 - 1977 ). He retired from active duty as a Colonel in 1977. 


Colonel Ray L. Bowers ( retd ) then served as Editor and Publications Officer with the Carnegie Institution for Science ( Washington, D.C., 1977 - 1996 ). His last assignment was as boys tennis coach at the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology ( known as TJHSST, TJ or Jefferson, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, 2000 - 2003 ). 


( sources : prabook.com, Tactical Airlift, Wikipedia )

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