Accession Number:

ADA523654

Title:

P-51 Escorts: Legend or Myth

Descriptive Note:

Journal

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

As recently as the fall of 2009, a distinguished lecturer at the US Air Forces Air War College repeated a truth that has been with us for 60 years. So strongly held, it has seldom, if ever, been questioned. This assertion arises, I suppose, from historians common tendency to go into the record with the question Why were they so dumb or Why were they not as smart as the present generation The revealed truth holds that interwar Airmen were so hypnotized by their own strategic bombing wisdom that they failed to reasonably predict that bombers would require fighter escorts to survive and that such fighters were technologically feasible. What were the real reasons why such luminaries as Kenneth Walker, Haywood Hansell, Carl Spaatz, and Claire Chennault yes, Mr. Fighter Pilot himself all concluded that the idea of escort fighters for long-range bombers was impractical--desirable, but impractical Is it possible that it was not ignorance but logic that made them so conclude

Subject Categories:

  • Bombers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE