Power Plus Attitude: Ideas, Strategy and Doctrine in the Royal Australian Air Force, 1921-1991
Publish Date: 1992
Author(s): Alan Stephens
ISBN 10: 0 644 24388 0
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'Power plus atitude equals performance' is a maxim drilled intothe consciousness of every pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. The message is admirably clear. Set the correct engine power. select the right airframe attide, and the aircraft will give the desired, predictable performance.
The effective use of military power depends, however, on more than technical predictability. This book examines a different, less certain expression or power and attitude: the influences and ideas which have shaped the application of air power by the RAAF from its beginnings in 1921 to the present.
Drawing on previously closed records, Power Plus Attitude looks at personalities, politics and strategy in four major conflicts and the Cold War; the RAAF and nuclear weapons; inter- and intra-Service rivalries; and the influence of chiefs of the air staff and other senior figures over 70 years.
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