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United States Air Force/Bibliography

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  • Bergerud, Eric M. Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific, (2000) online edition
  • Boyne, Walter J. Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force, 1947-2007 (2007), popular excerpt and text search
  • Buckley, John. Air Power in the Age of Total War (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Budiansky, Stephen. Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas That Revolutionized War, from Kitty Hawk to Iraq (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Clodfelter, Mark. The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam (2006) online edition
  • Correll, John T. The Air Force and the Cold War (2002), short official history of USAF online
  • Correll, John T. "The AEF in Peace and War." Air Force Magazine 85:24-31 July 2002] Aerospace Expeditionary Forces were invented in the 1990s online
  • Daso, Dik, ed. U.S. Air Force: A Complete History (2006), 640pp; large format, illustrated with 1500 photos excerpt and text search
  • Futrell, Robert F. Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: A History of Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, 1907-1984 (2 vols., Air University) vol 1, vol 2 comprehensive history of doctrine
  • Futrell, Robert F. The United States Air Force in Korea; 1950–1953 (1983).
  • Goldberg, Alfred. A History of the United States Air Force, 1907-1957 (ISBN 0-405-03763-5) (1972)
  • Kropf, Maj Roger F. "The US Air Force in Korea: Problems That Hindered the Effectiveness of Air Power," Airpower Journal (spr 1990) [ online
  • Gross, Charles Joseph. American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm (2005)
  • Johnson, Herbert A. Wingless Eagle: U.S. Army Aviation through World War I. (2001) online edition
  • Lorell, Mark. The U.S. Combat Aircraft Industry, 1909-2000: Structure, Competition, Innovation (Rand, 2003) online edition
  • Mets, David R. and William P. Head. Plotting a True Course: Reflections on USAF Strategic Attack Theory and Doctrine: The Post World War II Experience, (2003) online edition
  • Mets, David R. Master of Airpower: General Carl A. Spaatz, (1998) online edition
  • Sherry, Michael S. The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (1989), 435pp; history of ideas excerpt and text search
  • Tilford Jr. Earl H. Crosswinds: The Air Force's Setup in Vietnam (1993) online edition
  • United States Air Force: History and Guide to Resources (ISBN 1-4116-3638-4)
  • Air Force official histories (mostly pamphlets)

World War II

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