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'From Balloons to Drones' is an online scholarly platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power. https://balloonstodrones.com/

From Balloons to Drones From Balloons to Drones

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'From Balloons to Drones' is an online scholarly platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power. https://balloonstodrones.com/

    21: Michael Boyle - The Drone Age

    21: Michael Boyle - The Drone Age

    Drones have become increasingly key to contemporary warfare, even iconic. But are they really as revolutionary as they appear? Dr. Michael Boyle joins us to discuss his recent book, The Drone Age: How Drone Technology Will Change War and Peace. He examines the drone phenomenon as it has currently affected global conflict, and how drones might shape the future.

    • 32 min
    20: Aaron Stein - Air Power Against ISIS in Syria

    20: Aaron Stein - Air Power Against ISIS in Syria

    The War in Syria featured heavy reliance on air power, not just by the US and its allies, but by the Russian Air Force as well. In this exciting episode, Dr. Aaron Stein discusses his new book, The US War Against ISIS, which details how air power played a key role in the conflict against terrorist groups in Syria. He also reveals the fascinating and almost unbelievable engagements between US and Russian aircraft in this complex conflict.

    • 33 min
    19: Frank Blazich - Civil Air Patrol vs. the U-Boats

    19: Frank Blazich - Civil Air Patrol vs. the U-Boats

    During World War II, the Civil Air Patrol conducted anti-submarine operations, including giving civilian volunteer pilots the authority to drop bombs on enemy targets. To tell us about the role CAP played in the war, we're joined by Dr. Frank A. Blazich, curator of modern military history at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and author of “An Honorable Place in American Air Power”: Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol
    Operations, 1942–1943 from Air University Press.
    The book is available for free here: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Display/Article/2440096/an-honorable-place-in-american-air-power-civil-air-patrol-coastal-patrol-operat/

    • 28 min
    18: Brian Laslie - The Air Wars in Vietnam

    18: Brian Laslie - The Air Wars in Vietnam

    Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Linebacker campaigns--the last major bombing campaigns of the Vietnam War. To evaluate the legacy of air power's contribution to that war, Brian Laslie discusses his new book, Air Power's Lost Cause: The American Air Wars of Vietnam.

    • 26 min
    17: Daniel Jackson - Rescuing the Flying Tigers

    17: Daniel Jackson - Rescuing the Flying Tigers

    In World War II, American airmen flew key missions in the China, Burma, India theater. A vastly higher percentage of them were able to survive and return home after being shot down, compared to other theaters. To examine why, and reveal the exciting stories of these airmen and the various people who helped them on the ground, we are joined by Daniel Jackson, author of Fallen Tigers: The Fate of America's Missing Airmen in China During World War II. You can also see more of his work, including a database of downed air crews, oral histories, and more, at: http://www.forgottensquadron.com/

    • 32 min
    16: Jeff Shesol - John Glenn, Pilot and Astronaut

    16: Jeff Shesol - John Glenn, Pilot and Astronaut

    John Glenn captured the hearts and imagination of many Americans as the first US astronaut to orbit the earth, and he had extensive combat experience as a pilot before that. Prolific and celebrated author Jeff Shesol joins us to talk about Glenn, not just about his place in the history of the Cold War, but in deeply personal terms. He explores all this in his new book: 'Mercury Rising
    John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War.'

    • 27 min

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