From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
- Aerospace engineering : The branch of engineering that concerns aircraft, spacecraft, and related topics.
- Ballistic missile : A guided missile which, once its engines stop firing, follows a generally parabolic path to its target, defined by momentum, aerodynamic resistance, and gravity
- Guided missile : A weapon that flies through air or space, under its own power, which adjusts its course to hit its target.
- Rocket motor : A means of generating thrust, for propulsion or for adjusting a position, based on the hot gases expelled by a mixture of chemicals that does not need an external oxygen source
- Rocket science : Variously an incorrect name for various engineering disciplines in dealing with unguided rockets or the rocket engines of more intelligent vehicles, or an ironic description of something very complex or very simple (i.e., "this isn't rocket science")
- Walter Dornberger : Add brief definition or description
- Wernher von Braun : Add brief definition or description
- Lord Cherwell : Principal scientific adviser to Winston Churchill during the Second World War.
- Luftwaffe : The German Air Force, both the current and WWII organization; the current usage includes the forces after German unification
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.
- Battle of Britain : Those German offensive air strikes, and British defense, with which the Germans had intended to establish air supremacy for their proposed invasion of Britain
- V-1 : The world's first, if crude, cruise missile used in appreciable numbers in combat
- World War II, air war, European Theater strategic operations : Strategic bombing and offensive counter-air in the European theater of WWII, both initiated by the Axis and the Allies
- World War II, air war, Mediterranean and European tactical operations : Following the cancellation of the invasion of Britain, while harassment continued of the British Isles and the Eastern Front, the Germans searched for new opportunities in 1940-1941, finding them in Southern Europe, met, in part, by the invasion of North Africa in 1942, which led to the Italian campaign.
- World War II, air war : Air operations in the Second World War