By LTC Charles E Miller
N this super entire review of airlift and air mobility, Colonel Miller exhibits how the global orientation of yankee overseas coverage, the varied threats to free-world pursuits, and the rate and complexity of contemporary struggle have mixed with political and source constraints to provide present day airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Airlift is the flow of products and other people to the place they're wanted, after they are wanted there. because the Twenties there was an evolving wisdom and articulation of ways to top manage, educate, and equip airlift forces for that undertaking. the global orientation of yankee overseas coverage, the varied threats to unfastened international pursuits, and the rate and complexity of recent battle have mixed with political and source constraints to supply cutting-edge airlift doctrine and strength constitution. Colonel Miller's examine strains those many interrelationships to find what serious 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 correctly dependent and built airlift strength is necessary to the profitable execution of the nationwide army method. How we predict approximately airlift and the way we translate these ideas right into a significant expression of the way to advance, install, and hire airlift forces is essential to the nationwide protection. Colonel Miller's learn is a definitive step in that vital technique.
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101 He directed that only 36 be purchased in 1938 and none in 1939. The money saved was to be used to buy new bombers ; transport requirements would be met by converting old bombers . 17 AIRLIFT DOCTRINE Consequently, in fiscal 1938 the 10th Transport Group had 32 new C-39 aircraft ; only 3 C-39s went to the GHQ . There were no transports ordered in fiscal 1939 for anyone . The Air Corps proposed to purchase 121 transports between fiscal years 1940 and 1945, but that number was overcome by events .
Flying six round-trips a month until forced to close the route due to bad weather, the ACFC carried diplomatic mail and VIPs in the bomb bays of modified B-24s . 9 In the same period the United States took steps to open a South Atlantic route joining the United States to Africa and the Middle East . Establishing the Routes As part of the lend-lease program, Britain requested 50 transport aircraft for its strategically important air line of communication between England and the Middle East . The British used the route to ferry fighters and they needed the transports to return pilots and carry critical supplies.
The Woodring Program remained unchanged. In June 1939, the Air Corps had 2,080 planes on hand ; 75 were transports . " 107 1114 The larger meaning of the Woodring Program was more staggering in its realities . At the end of July 1938, the secretary directed the Air Corps to confine its fiscal 1940 program to light, medium, and attack bombers--on the eve of Munich the Air Corps was limited to the 40 B-17s already ordered . " 1119 He also apparently was willing to compromise on the bomber issue somewhat-noting that if not allowed to procure a different aircraft (a long-range bomber), at least experimentation and development should not be limited.
Airlift Doctrine by LTC Charles E Miller