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America, Air Power, And the Pacific, 1928

America, Air Power, And the Pacific, 1928

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1928 paper written by William "Billy" Mitchell. Source: US Library of Congress
1928 paper written by William "Billy" Mitchell. Source: US Library of Congress

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.
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,
t
I
l
ICA.
AIR
P
,.
AND
BY
General
1111m
ltchell
ror
er
Com
nder,Alr
Foroee,A.E.r.,
nd
reator,
I11tary
Aeron_utlce,
U.
5.
ArmJ
'!'he
rumbling.
ot
Impendlwar
In
ela
between
the
us.oarlte
andChlneee,
the
at
entlTe
att
tude
ot
the
Ja
neee,
r
dy
to
selze
an,
pretext
tor
the
occupatl
n
ot
theABlattc
lnl
a
nd,
the
Int
ree
e
ot
the
Unlted
~ t a t e e
1n
Aeleand
re
ard
tor
ourposee
l
ne
ot
Alaska,
al1
nd
the
Phillpp1ne
lelande,
all
ke
It
neceBeary
tor
ue
to
"have
an
eye"
to
the
Paclt1c
and
Aela.
Th1B
applles
not
~ n l y · 1 n
&
mll1tary
way
but
carom
rclal1y
ae
ell.
The
tlret
three
arttcl
th
t
I
wrote
tor
eronautlcs
dealt
wlth
the8eneral
oondltlon
at
aTlatlon
1n
the
Unl
ed
titatee,
how
1t
baa
beenand
le
bel
mlemana
ed
by
the
pre.ent
admlnlBtra.
Uon,
andlomethlngabout
the
uee
ot
alr
power
In
the
Atlantlc
01»
n
and1n
theT1alnlty
ot
our
panamaC
nal.Inthle
artlcle,
I
ahall
tr."'t
ot
our
all'
po
~
1n
the
paclt1c
and
what
It
meanll
to
ue
ae
a
naUon.
Strateg1cally,
the
,
merlcan
posltlon
wlth
rellpect
tothe
\
Ith
armlea,
the
alde
thPaoltlo
ocean
18
a.,e17
.troD8
one.
1(ost
or
Ull
ha.,e
14e
Ofwhat.trate@l)1
..
an
8oat
t
..
n
t h . ~
f1rate.t"
exoelledIn
etrategy.
tth
Tary
hazy
"got
the
vy,
who-
..,.r
0\
the
"mollte.
.hipe
there
flrateat"
excelled.
Ith
air
po"er,
ODe
who
8-t.
~ h e
".osteat
alrplane.
there
firateat"
11l
the
atrong.
e
whe\her
1t
be
In
aoommerclal
or
a
mll1tany
op
I'
tion.
Ithough
l\lon
1n
the
Paoltic
wa
.,ery
etro
beto
e
the
adTent
at
air
....
:r.
_laoe
that
tl..
our
potentlal
strength
has
been
1
.ea.urably
.1.
 
lna
d
It
ta
advaDa
ot.h
the
alr
ottera
ua.
e
re
the
only
great
.blte
po.er,
the
hoae
ahorea
ot
.boae
terrl
or,
are
waahedby
tbe
pacltlc
OC
D.
Oppoalte
u.la
the
con-
lnent
ot
ala,
COD
l n l ~ ~
ae
950,000,000
neop1e,
or
one
baIt
tbe
popu1atlon
ot
the
.orld.
It
la
.1th
the
people
ot
ala
tb
trope
ne
ye
al.aya
a
btto
trade
nd
ln
ny
caaea
tbla
ba
reaulted
ln
.ar,
not
on1
.1
h
ela,
but
alao
bet.een
the
r
ean
n a t l o ~
the.ae1vea.
!be
0
14
.aa
tou
ht
1&
ely
over
.ho
ebou
c ~ n t r o 1
tbe
tr
de
rou
..
t
the
r
8t
andf.be
paclt1e.
Today
.1th
our
Dleael
otored
eea
yeellele
.e
need
no
baaea
or
refuelllItatl
na
ln
he
rat.
a8
8al11
vesaele
and
coal
burnl
at
an
refueU
atea
era
ulled
to.
ao
or
yesllel
can
t
te
on
lta
fuel
all
nel.co,
go
to
Shangb
1
or
Canton,C
1,
and
return
.1tbout
trattl0
b1
alr
baachanged
tbe
linee
ot
co
nleation
tl'o
one
oount.r,
to
anot.ber.
The
routea
of
co
eree
and
.h
tare
tno.ne
Un.a
ot
oper&t.1on
ln
war
(the
lineaalo
whleb
.ar
18
made)
a1.a,e
tollow
e.ob
otber.etore
the
com!
ot
alr
po.er.
when
velleele
nd
rehl
weret.heon11
..
ne
ot
t.
Y e ! ' l l l ~
the
eeae.
the
11ne
aer
t.be
oltlo
e
tl'o
San
neleco
to
the
H
llan
lelande.
the
ce
.OP08at.o
".pan
or
Cblna;
but
wlh
alr
power,
the
shOrteat.
route
la
bl
_,
ot
A1
.....
la
r
11,
the
te,
pOlnt.
to
the
.bole
pacltlc
Ocean.
a1
,
ouob..
al.
t.he
dletanoe
.oroe.
Berl
5tra1\
b e l ~
onl1
I U . I ~ - .
wlUl
'.0
I . U n ~ .
he
Dloaedee.
1n
he1441e,
.hlcb
are
811
par'.
One
b e l o ~ .
to
RUllSla
.nd
the
otber
t.o
the
,,"",..
."u
leland.
at.t.be
end
ot
tbe
1eutiana,
1.
no
 
turtb
r
aw
y.
tram
Yolrob
,
J
n,
than
18
nlla
In
tile
Ph1l1pplnea.
lrplan
a
can
ny
ther
and
bac
wlthout
taklng
on
addltl
nal
tuel.
The
poln
Iwlah
to
emphaslze
la
that
we
are
80
el
uated
th
t
tro
nlted
St
tea
terrltory
on
the
contlnentof
North
A
erlca
not
only
erehant
ehlpe
but
alrc
tt
are
able
to
0
to
sl
and
return
wl
h
a
elngle
cha
e
of
tuel.
0",
thecroselng
or
the
pacltlc
18
notht
It
le
no
1Il0r
e
tban
a
fer
y
between
two
polnta
aeroee
te
ter.
Alrplane
e
can
fly
fro
sewYor0Pelrl
by.
Y
of
Alae
In
eo
e
e i ~ t y
boura
and
to
the
center
ot
Chlna
or
even
Indla
In
ten
or
t"enty
bours
are.
It
Ie
not
alle.
tbat
count
In
tranepDrtalon,
It
la
th
tlme
required
to
n880tla
the
di.tanoe.
The
vaet
lea
ue8
ot
the
Paclflcare
.brtnk-
lQ!
contlnually
under
the
ma
le
ot
s01ent1flc
alrcraft
development.
Theday
18
no
far
off
wben
nelther
months,
wee
e
nor
day.
wl11
be
u.ed
1n
COapll
1QlT
tbe
trlp,
but
bou
alone.
om
an
aeronautic
I
standpoint,
It
i8
very
Interestingto
loot
at
the
Paclflc
OCean
In
a
strate
leal
way.
e
may
cODSlder
tbe
nor\b
paclf
0
as
abuge
lsoeoele.
trlangle,
wlth
1ts
v e r t e ~
on
Bering
S,
U,
one
enc!
of
tbe
base
on
the
pana.
C
nal
and
the
other
enc!
In
,be
Phl1lpolnea
or
the
coa.t
of
Asla
c!lrectly
opp081te.
!be
8lc!
..
ot
thl.
greattrlangle
are
appr01tl
tel,
1500
~ l
In
leQ!tb,
while
the
base
m"sures
about11,000
ml1es,
or
,
It
thecU.t
noe
around
the
ear
h
at
that
laU
ude.10
ttl
tar
.lde
ot
tbl.
t r l a ~ l e ,
we
fin'
the
Unlted
States
elther
In
"MM
lo
ot.
or
coapletel,
doal
tl
ba
r\
ot
canada
front!
the
Whole
e ~ t e n t
of
territor"
on
the
paolflc
eanbetween
..
1ft
.,aDa
aDc!
,be
PorUand
canal,
the
80ub
rn
border
ot
Ala.
-,-

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