By Tom Clancy

They're America's entrance lines--serving proudly in ahead components around the globe. Representing some of the best from the military and Air strength, the Airborne job strength is an unstoppable mix of manpower and firepower. Now, Tom Clancy examines this elite department of our nation's military. With pinpoint accuracy and a mode extra compelling than any fiction, the acclaimed writer of Executive Orders offers an attention-grabbing account of the Airborne juggernaut--the humans, the expertise, and Airborne's project in an ever-changing world...*Two Tom Clancy "mini-novels"--real global situations concerning the airborne job force*Airborne's guns of the twenty first century, together with the Javelin anti-tank missile, the fiber-optically guided N-LOS fireplace aid procedure, and the Joint Strike Fighter*18 weeks: existence in an Airborne Alert Brigade*Exclusive photos, illustrations, and diagramsPLUS: An in-depth interview with the incoming commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, normal John prepared

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European designs like the German Junkers Model 52 (Ju-52) brought similar benefits to airlines overseas. A portrait of General Billy Mitchell, the father of American Airpower. S. AIR FORCE PHOTO While an excellent start, these early airliners still failed to meet the real requirements of commercial airlines. Slow speeds, low ceiling limits, short range, and small payloads were just a few of the aircraft limitations that commercial operators felt had to be overcome to make aviation a viable industry.

Just that any new strategic airlifter would have to do better in these areas than the C-5 or C-141. It would have to be cheaper to operate, crew, and maintain, and would have to combine the C-5’s cargo capacity and range with the C-130’s short-field agility. This was an ambitious requirement, especially in the tight military budget climate under President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s. The foreign policy of his Administration was decidedly isolationist, giving the world the impression that America was turning inward and not concerned with the affairs of the rest of the world.

Also, World War II-era transport aircraft were terribly vulnerable to enemy action. Lacking armor and self-sealing fuel tanks, they were death traps if they encountered antiaircraft fire (AAA) or enemy fighters. ” Their side-opening cargo doors made carrying anything larger than a jeep difficult at best, and dropping that same jeep by parachute simply was not possible. The classic Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota, the outstanding transport aircraft of the Second World War. S. AIR FORCE PHOTO FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT F.

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