By LTC Charles E Miller
N this tremendous accomplished assessment of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller exhibits how the global orientation of yankee international coverage, the various threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary war have mixed with political and source constraints to provide state-of-the-art airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the move of products and folks to the place they're wanted, once they are wanted there. because the Nineteen Twenties there was an evolving wisdom and articulation of ways to top arrange, educate, and equip airlift forces for that undertaking. the global orientation of yankee overseas coverage, the various threats to loose international pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to provide brand new airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's research strains those many interrelationships to find what severe airlift judgements have been made, why they have been made, and what they might suggest sooner or later. Airlift is the spine of deterrence. A appropriately established and built airlift strength is necessary to the profitable execution of the nationwide army approach. How we predict approximately airlift and the way we translate these techniques right into a significant expression of the way to improve, set up, and hire airlift forces is essential to the nationwide security. Colonel Miller's research is a definitive step in that very important strategy.
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Announcing approval of General Arnold's idea in a letter to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson on 28 May 1941, President Roosevelt said: I wish you would take full responsibility for delivering planes, other than PBYs [patrol bombers], that are to be flown to England to the point of ultimate takeoff. I want the Army to make sure that these planes are delivered speedily . 27 AIRLIFT DOCTRINE The next day, the Army Air Corps (AAC) directed Col Robert Olds to create such a ferrying service . 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.
Doctrine, 29 . 18 . Ibid . 19 . Maj Gen Mason Patrick, chief of the Air Corps, to the adjutant general, War Department, letter, subject : Necessity for an Increase in the Number of Planes Allowed the Air Corps by the Act of July 2, 1926 . 30 November 1927 . 20 . Ibid . ; Brig Gen Benjamin Foulois, acting chief of the Air Corps, to adjutant general . War Department . letter, subject: Airplanes Necessary to Equip the Air Corps, 14 November 1928 . 21 . Futrell . Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 39 ; Memorandum, Brig Gen W.
120. Craven and Cate, The Arm_v Air Forces in World War /1, 7:4 . 121 . Ibid . 25 THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK CHAPTER 2 Worldwide Airlift in the War Years A new era opened in the development of air transportation when President Franklin D . Roosevelt approved the sale of bombers to the British . Initially, American civilian pilots flew the bombers from production plants in California to Montreal, where British civilians took over for the rest of the flight . ' Under the pressures of wartime needs, the British Ministry of Aircraft Production could not provide the requisite number of military crews when they took over the second leg of the trip, without actually withdrawing pilots from combat.