Accession Number : ADA327223

Title :   A People's Air Force: Air Power and American Popular Culture.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Call, Steven C.

PDF Url : ADA327223

Report Date : 10 JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 416

Abstract : Central to the rise of American air power was America's cultural fascination with aviation. Just as many Americans ascribed near miraculous powers to airplanes and predicted salvation through air power. Interwar figures used popular culture to urge the public to trust air power for national defense, but isolationism and anti-militarism limited the success of these efforts. World War II brought unprecedented public support for air power and ended American isolationism. After the war, air power advocates continued the popular culture crusade. Using media that average Americans turned to for diversion and entertainment, air power advocates waged a campaign to convert the American public to their gospel of revolutionary air power. Capitalizing on public support, air power advocates used speeches, radio addresses, magazine articles, novels, and movies in the late forties to spread their notions that air power had revolutionized warfare as well as human affairs. Air power advocates later identified the Soviet Union as a grave threat against which only air power could prevail. Central to the air power advocates' vision was strategic nuclear bombing.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *PUBLIC RELATIONS, *AIR POWER, *PUBLIC OPINION, NUCLEAR WARFARE, USSR, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), THESES, THREAT EVALUATION, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), NATIONAL DEFENSE, MASS MEDIA, STRATEGIC BOMBING, STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE