Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller

By LTC Charles E Miller

N this tremendous accomplished review of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller indicates how the global orientation of yankee overseas coverage, the various threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of recent battle have mixed with political and source constraints to provide contemporary airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the circulation of products and folks to the place they're wanted, after they are wanted there. because the Twenties there was an evolving wisdom and articulation of ways to most sensible set up, educate, and equip airlift forces for that venture. the global orientation of yankee international coverage, the various threats to loose international pursuits, and the rate and complexity of recent struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply ultra-modern airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's examine strains those many interrelationships to find what serious airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they could suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A adequately based and outfitted airlift strength is important to the winning execution of the nationwide army process. How we predict approximately airlift and the way we translate these ideas right into a significant expression of ways to improve, install, and hire airlift forces is key to the nationwide protection. Colonel Miller's examine is a definitive step in that vital strategy.

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On 5 June 1941, the AAC confirmed these verbal orders by establishing the Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) retroactive to 29 May, under the direct jurisdiction of the chief of Air Corps. The mission statement was fairly broad : "Move aircraft by air from factories to such terminals as may be directed by the chief of Air Corps," and "maintain such ferrying service as may be required to meet specific situations . "5 Memoranda from that period indicate that the Air Corps Maintenance Command would assume the responsibilities after the ferrying system was well established and working, but the ACFC history indicates "there is reason to believe that Colonel Olds' force of character and his clear conception of his Command's mission were important factors in preserving it as an independent organization .

90. Brown, Development ofAir Transports, 102-104. 91 . Brig Gen A. W. Robins, chief of Materiel Division, to chief of the Air Corps, letter, subject: Development of the Transport Group and Squadrons, 22 April 1936 . 92 . Ibid . 24 PRE-WORLD WAR 11 ERA 93 . Maj Gen H. H . Arnold to Col Rush Lincoln, chief, Plans Division . routing and record sheet, subject: Cargo Transports, 2 September 1936 . 94 . Draft memorandum, Col Rush Lincoln, chief, Plans Division . to chief of the Air Corps, subject: Cargo Transports, 14 September 1936 .

General Robins' test report was devastating. The conversion would hold only a few types of aircraft engines ; there was no emergency exit from the aircraft ; costs per airplane were $50,000 to $75,000 (more than the cost of a new cargo plane) ; weight and balance were out of kilter; and the structural integrity of the airplane was in question . General Robins concluded that "the efficient movement of supplies in time of emergency will demand an airplane designed for this purpose and the regular procurement of transport airplanes .

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