How does the book The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose add to the general knowledge of aviation and aerospace?

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In The Wild Blue , Stephen Ambrose focuses on US military aviation during World War Two. This was a period when there were rapid gains in the number and kinds of airplanes that the military put into action. In those years as well, the US Air Force was turned into...

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In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose focuses on US military aviation during World War Two. This was a period when there were rapid gains in the number and kinds of airplanes that the military put into action. In those years as well, the US Air Force was turned into a separate branch of the Defense Department, whereas before it had been part of the Army. In addition, World War Two saw great strides by Navy fliers, especially in the Pacific theater of war.

Part of Ambrose’s intent is to highlight the contributions of one airplane, the B-24, which had been widely criticized; showing that many of the criticisms were misplaced, he details some of its success stories. Along with the emphasis on US flyers’ roles in the air, Ambrose also reviews some prominent aspects of the European air war. The primary airplane he considers here is the B-17. The British and Americans forays to attack German targets, in retribution for the ferocious German bombing of London in the Blitz, is one subject that Ambrose considers.

Training and military professional standards are other related subjects. The war’s emphasis on the air created a huge demand for pilots, which required massive training programs. After the war, many of these pilots continued to play significant roles in the expanding programs that would turn into the space program: in 1947, only two years after the war ended, Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager would break the sound barrier.

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