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Attack aviation is the direct engagement of ground or sea targets at low altitude. This program will provide an overview history of American attack aviation from its inception in World War I to present. It describes the evolution of both US Navy and Air Force aircraft and the cultures of Navy and Air Force squadrons. The pillars of the narrative are several case studies that characterize the advancement of technology and battle tactics over time: SBD Dauntless, AD Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair II, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Viper, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-35 Lightning II. Each of the cases contains first-person accounts that include a description of the aircraft’s origin, competitive procurement, major attack features, and combat employment.
Presenter: Brig Gen RG Head, USAF (Ret.)
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