Название: A Concise History of the U.S. Air Force
Автор: Stephen L. McFarland
Издательство: Air Force History and Museums Program
Размер: 13 Мб
Для сайта: eKnigi.org
Americans took to the skies at an early date. Benjamin Franklin considered the possibility of using balloons in warfare in 1783, only days after the first successful hot-air balloon flights in France. John Sherburne, frustrated by the Army’s ineffectiveness during the Seminole War of 1840, proposed using balloons for observation above the wilderness that hid the adversary. John Wise, dismayed by the prospects of a long and costly siege of Veracruz during the Mexican War, suggested using bal loons in 1846 for bombing defending forces, three years before Austria actually did so against Venice.