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Cold War Nuclear-Powered Hypersonic Missiles: A Successful Failed Innovation – Peter Layton

Russia’s testing of an SSC-X-9 Skyfall hypersonic weapon has rekindled interest in a largely forgotten Cold War technology: nuclear-powered air power. In this article, Peter Layton looks at the history of US development of nuclear-powered weapons in the 1950s and 1960s. In doing so, he highlights that successful innovation does not necessarily require a system [...]

By |May 3rd, 2020|Air Power, History|2 Comments

#BookReview – Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War IIReviewed by Jo Brick

Phil Haun (ed.), Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2019. Illustrations. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Notes. xvi+297 pp. Let us not be zealots. Let us not plunge thoughtlessly from the old and known to the new and untried. Let us [...]

By |April 5th, 2020|Air Power, Book review|Comments Off on #BookReview – Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War IIReviewed by Jo Brick

#BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

Tyler Morton, From Kites to Cold War: The Evolution of Manned Airborne Reconnaissance. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2019. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. 328 pp. Hindsight tends to make the contingent seem predestined. This is why reading history is essential for those responsible for planning for the future. When military professionals engage with history [...]

By |February 2nd, 2020|Air Power, Book review, History|Comments Off on #BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare

We are very pleased to welcome Damien Hare to the Central Blue with his fascinating exploration of Operation Carthage and its implications for contemporary operations. The popular perception of bombing in World War II is of inaccuracy and indiscriminate destruction. Despite early intentions to conduct precision raids in Europe, both the Royal Air Force (RAF) [...]

By |June 23rd, 2019|Air Power, History, Royal Australian Air Force|Comments Off on Operation Carthage: Precise Inaccuracy – Damien Hare