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Gradual Failure The Air War Over North Vietnam, 1965-1966

Gradual Failure The Air War Over North Vietnam, 1965-1966

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Mar 04, 2011
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Air Force History and Museums ProgramUnited States Air ForceWashington, D.C. 2002
Library of Congress Cataloging-in Publication Data
Van Staaveren, Jacob.
Gradual failure : the air war over North Vietnam, 1965-1966 / Jacob VanStaaveren.p. cm. -- (The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia)Includes bibliographical reference and index.1. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Aerial operations, American. 2. United States. Air Force--History--Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975. I. Title. II. SeriesDS558.8 .V359 2002959.704´348´0973--dc21 2002003229
The United States Air Force reached its nadir during the opening two yearsof the Rolling Thunder air campaign in North Vietnam. Never had the Air Forceoperated with so many restraints and to so little effect. These pages are painfulbut necessary reading for all who care about the nation's military power.Jacob Van Staaveren wrote this book in the 1970s near the end of his distin-guished government service, which began during the occupation of Japan; theUniversity of Washington Press published his book on that experience in 1995.He was an Air Force historian in Korea during the Korean War, and he beganto write about the Vietnam War while it was still being fought. His volume onthe air war in Laos was declassified and published in 1993. Now this volumeon the air war in North Vietnam has also been declassified and is being pub-lished for the first time. Although he retired to McMinnville, Oregon, a num-ber of years ago, we asked him to review the manuscript and make any changesthat seemed warranted. For the most part, this is the book he wrote soon after the war.Readers of this volume will also want to read the sequel, Wayne Thompson's
To Hanoi and Back: The U. S. Air Force and North Vietnam, 1966–1973
, whichtells the more encouraging story of how the Air Force employed airpower to far greater effect using a combination of better doctrine, tactics, technology, and training.RICHARD P. HALLIONAir Force Historian

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