Air Power History

Air Power History chronicles the great campaigns, the leaders, the successes and the failures of air forces in the past. Eyewitness accounts and historical articles will capture your interest, issue after issue. Regular features will keep you up-to-date on new books, museum exhibits and meetings.

Latest issue: Winter 2013

In the Winter 2013 edition of Air Power History, Darrell F. Dvorak provides a missing chapter to the story of Project Trinity – the world’s first atomic bomb test. It is an account of the nearly two dozen men who witnessed this event while flying aboard B–29 aircraft. Based on recently-available records and overlooked sources, Dvorak explains why these men were there, how they were selected and how they trained.

Also included is Michael E. Weaver’s detailed article covering U.S. aerial combat training programs that predate the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun and the U.S. Air Force’s Red Flag; along with “The Battles of Al-Fallujah,” in which author William Head examines two important battles involving air power and urban warfare.

In addition, the Winter 2013 issue delivers the latest installment of Robert F. Dorr’s “History Mystery” column, 12 book reviews and a recap of the Foundation’s highly successful awards ceremony, held November 13 in Arlington, Virginia.

Featured in this edition:

  • “The First Atomic Bomb Mission: Trinity B–29 Operations Three Weeks Before Hiroshima”
    Darrell F. Dvorak
  • “Missed Opportunities before Top Gun and Red Flag”
    Michael E. Weaver
  • “The Battles of Al-Fallujah: Urban Warfare and the Growth of Air Power”
    William Head

Air Force Historical Foundation members can access a full online version of this issue on a dedicated download page.

Non-members can purchase a digital edition via ShelfWise.

Read a selection of book reviews from this issue.

Sustaining level members and above receive this great magazine quarterly.

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