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Bomber makes an attempt to explain SAC within the context of what used to be then a brand new international dynamic, later dubbed the chilly conflict, displaying the way it confronted the consistently evolving demanding situations of its time.

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How did airmen cope? 62 Airmen agreed, but that did not solve the problem. In December 1927 the Air Corps was informed that a bridge over the Pee Dee River in North Carolina was scheduled for destruction, so they could use it for target practice. Over a six-day period aircraft dropped bombs on the bridge from high and low altitude. The results were not gratifying. There were some hits among the hundreds of bombs dropped, but overall accuracy was poor—and this was in clear skies, in daylight, with no one shooting at them.

Army Air Corps, chap. 7, argues that although the court-martial was ostensibly conducted due to alleged procurement irregularities, Foulois was simply a scapegoat for other problems within the Air Corps. Although acquitted, Foulois retired shortly after the proceedings in June 1935. S. Army Aviation and the Air Corps Tactical School,” 186. 30 │ imperatives for bombing paradoxically, the enormous latent power of strategic bombing would in fact help to prevent war from even breaking out. As French aviation pioneer Clément Ader phrased it, The great bombing planes will become veritable terrors!

For airmen, it was a problem, because airpower had been in its infancy during the war and there was little experience and thus few lessons to be drawn from its operations—especially in regard to strategic bombing. 59 As a consequence, airmen relied almost exclusively on the second doctrinal pillar, that of theory. Military planners must look forward as well as backward when preparing to fight. Doctrine that relies too heavily on history will condemn a military to “fight the last war”—a common complaint regarding the alleged conservative military mind-set.

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