By Jacob Neufeld, Jr. George M. Watson, Air Force Historical Foundation (U.S.), Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.)

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Edited via Jacob Nuefeld and George M., Watson Jr. comprises papers from a symposium in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Korean conflict. makes a speciality of contributions made through the militia of the USA and its allies to the air war in the course of the Korean War.

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Their biographers, of course, would have found such records priceless. Of the five special capabilities of the Gulf War, the most low-tech of these— aerial refueling—would have brought the most dramatic effects, had it been available. S. air power, save in the early days of World War II, had the nation faced such a scarcity of aircraft and qualified crews, and having the ability to stretch those resources through the use of tanker aircraft would have had a great impact. In many situations, fighters on flights from Japan had to operate at their maximum range and thus could remain only briefly in the target area.

Of VMF–312, a qualified landing signal officer, directed the torpedo bombers into Koto-ri with paddles. After the evacuation at Hungnam, the two night-fighter squadrons were flying into Itazuke, patrolling the skies between Japan and Korea. In January 1951, VMF(N)–542 assumed the duties of VMF(N)–513, which deployed to K–9 at Pusan. Beginning on January 27, the squadron flew armed 38 Air Superiority The twin-engine Douglas F3D Sky Knight jet night fighter gained the respect of many “former" members of the Chinese Air Force.

The main tactical air operations included air superiority, close air support, and interdiction in the vicinity of the battlefield. The main strategic air operations were establish control of the airspace over friendly territory, establish control over enemy airspace, and conduct strategic bombing of such targets as oil refineries, manufacturing complexes, and communications centers. Typically, the first aircraft would drop a napalm tank and the second would set the weapon afire with machine-gun fire.

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