War Machines: Transforming Technologies in the U.S. by Timothy Moy

By Timothy Moy

During the interwar years, from 1920 to 1940, leaders from the military Air Corps and the Marine Corps recreated their enterprises according to visions of latest army applied sciences. In War Machines, Timothy Moy examines those recreations and explores how components similar to bureaucratic strain, institutional tradition, and America's technological enthusiasm formed those leaders' choices.

“. . . The readability of (Moy’s) presentation and thesis make this e-book a simple and necessary experience.”—Journal of yank History

“This book’s subject is very well timed. War Machines deals insights approximately how institutional habit molds know-how choice that are supposed to be of price to today’s strategists and strength planners.”—Air strength History

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Further general improvements came with the conversion from biplanes to monoplanes, with the additional speed more than compensating for the reduced lift. By the mids, drag was cut enormously by installing retractable landing gear, despite the newer gear’s greater production and maintenance costs. Another way to increase speed was to improve engine performance. At the beginning of World War I, the most powerful engine in general use was about eighty horsepower. At war’s end, the best practical engines put out about  horsepower.

Chapter 3 The Bombers’ Technology Long-range bombing proponents within the Air Corps were captivated by aviation technology, and the futuristic vision of strategic bombing that they advocated reflected that enthusiasm. Nevertheless, their conception of strategic bombing in  was considerably beyond the technological capabilities of the day. In order for the strategic-bombing vision to perform its military and bureaucratic functions, the Air Corps had to make it technologically feasible.

Charles T. Menoher, a former infantry officer—was not a pilot and consequently had no understanding of military aviation. The on-going feud eventually drove Menoher to resign the post in . Menoher’s replacement was Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, another nonflier but a masterful administrator who had directed the Air Service toward the end of World War I. Patrick, however, turned out to be more independent than either Mitchell or the general staff had expected. He refused Mitchell’s demands for special command prerogatives as senior flying officer in the Air Service, upon which Mitchell threatened to resign.

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