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Rise of the fighter generals : the problem of Air Force leadership, 1945-1982

Author: R Michael Worden; Air University (U.S.). Press.
Publisher: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Air University Press, [1998]
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Colonel Worden relies on oral histories, personal interviews, military and social histories, quantitative data, and sociological research to show how fighter generals rose to domination in the Air Force. From its inception through the 1960s, the Air Force was dominated by bomber pilots. Embracing an absolutist perspective, bomber pilots struggled to maintain their dominance. In the 1960s, however, they saw their  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Worden, R. Michael, 1954-
Rise of the fighter generals.
Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Air University Press, [1998]
(OCoLC)637024212
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Michael Worden; Air University (U.S.). Press.
ISBN: 0160613760 9780160613760
OCLC Number: 38039643
Notes: "March 1998."
Description: xiii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Mike Worden.

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Colonel Worden relies on oral histories, personal interviews, military and social histories, quantitative data, and sociological research to show how fighter generals rose to domination in the Air Force. From its inception through the 1960s, the Air Force was dominated by bomber pilots. Embracing an absolutist perspective, bomber pilots struggled to maintain their dominance. In the 1960s, however, they saw their positions of leadership slowly yielding to the experience, broader education, and pragmatism of fighter pilots. This study terminates in 1982 when the leadership changes with the selection of a string of generals with fighter backgrounds as Air Force chiefs of staff.

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