Accession Number : ADA141308

Title :   An Analysis of National Aviation Policy with Respect to America's Strategic Airlift Capability.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Gourdin,K N

PDF Url : ADA141308

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 185

Abstract : America's national aviation policy has always embodied a commitment to establish and maintain a commercial air transport system responsive to the needs of national defense. Up until 1978, the interests of the airlines tended, for the most part, to parallel those of defense planners. However, since 1978 the airline's domestic operating environment has changed dramatically, raising serious questions regarding the continued policy of relying on the civil sector for the majority of this nation's contingency airlift support. In order to address some of those questions, various aspects of airline operations, the military airlift system, and commercial aircraft manufacturing were examined. The overall findings led to the conclusion that the needs of the civilian air transport industry no longer coincide with those of national defense. Our national aviation policy must be restated in light of these changes if this country is to maintain its position as the free world's primary supplier of military airlift.

Descriptors :   *Air transportation, *Airlift operations, Commercial aviation, Commercial aircraft, Transport aircraft, Military requirements, Aircraft industry, Theses

Subject Categories : Civilian Aircraft
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE