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Air Operations 1958 Lebanon and Taiwan
E-Book Version
By Jacob Van Staaveren, Robert D Little and Wilhelmina Burch

More than fifty years have passed since the twin crises of Lebanon and Taiwan dominated the news. These two events have faded into history and are often regarded as being, at best, footnotes in the histories of the Cold War. The world in which they took place seems to have passed away a long, long time ago. Yet, when reading these monographs, it become apparent that these two crises were profoundly important in terms of the effects they were to have on American strategy throughout the rest of the century. Those effects are still in play today and even now they are affecting how the United States perceives the world and reacts to developments within it. Air Operations in the Taiwan Crisis of 1958 and Air Operations in the Lebanon Crisis of 1958 were prepared by the USAF Historical Division . This book is a compilation of those reports with substantial additional material that updates and complements the original material. However, the integrity of the original text has been scrupulously preserved.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-08-1
Pages: 127
Price: $9.99

Air Operations 1958 Lebanon and Taiwan
By Jacob Van Staaveren, Robert D Little and Wilhelmina Burch

More than fifty years have passed since the twin crises of Lebanon and Taiwan dominated the news. These two events have faded into history and are often regarded as being, at best, footnotes in the histories of the Cold War. The world in which they took place seems to have passed away a long, long time ago. Yet, when reading these monographs, it become apparent that these two crises were profoundly important in terms of the effects they were to have on American strategy throughout the rest of the century. Those effects are still in play today and even now they are affecting how the United States perceives the world and reacts to developments within it. Air Operations in the Taiwan Crisis of 1958 and Air Operations in the Lebanon Crisis of 1958 were prepared by the USAF Historical Division . This book is a compilation of those reports with substantial additional material that updates and complements the original material. However, the integrity of the original text has been scrupulously preserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-3-2
Pages: 127
Price: $14.95

Air War Vietnam Part I
Plans and Operations 1961 - 1968
By Jacob van Staaveran & Stuart Slade

After the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force Historical Research Center produced a series of 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These studies were classified as being Top Secret for many years and were only recently released to the public. The core of these monographs deal with the political, operational and technical development of the Air Force participation in the Vietnam War. These remarkable documents contain a wealth of historical data that explain the background and reasoning behind many controversial decisions. Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken. The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This first volume covers the birth of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from the arrival of the first advisors to the peak of troop deployment numbers. The second volume describes the search for a negotiated end to the conflict and the final defeat of South Vietnam. In this two-volume compilation, the integrity of the original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-8-7
Pages: 515
Price: $34.95

Air War Vietnam Part I - Plans and Operations 1961 - 1968
E-Book Version
By Jaccob Van Staaveren & Stuart Slade

After the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force Historical Research Center produced a series of 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These studies were classified as being Top Secret for many years and were only recently released to the public. The core of these monographs deal with the political, operational and technical development of the Air Force participation in the Vietnam War. These remarkable documents contain a wealth of historical data that explain the background and reasoning behind many controversial decisions. Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken. The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This first volume covers the birth of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from the arrival of the first advisors to the peak of troop deployment numbers. The second volume describes the search for a negotiated end to the conflict and the final defeat of South Vietnam. In this two-volume compilation, the integrity of the original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-07-4
Pages: 515
Price: $9.99

Air War Vietnam Part II
Plans and Operations 1969 - 1975
By Dr. Elizabeth H. Hartsook & Stuart Slade

After the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force Historical Research Center produced a series of 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These studies were classified as being Top Secret for many years and were only recently released to the public. The core of these monographs deal with the political, operational and technical development of the Air Force participation in the Vietnam War. These remarkable documents contain a wealth of historical data that explain the background and reasoning behind many controversial decisions. Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken. The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This first volume covers the birth of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from the arrival of the first advisors to the peak of troop deployment numbers. The second volume describes the search for a negotiated end to the conflict and the final defeat of South Vietnam. In this two-volume compilation, the integrity of the original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-9-4
Pages: 547
Price: $34.95

Air War Vietnam Part II - Plans and Operations 1969 - 1975
E-Book Version
By Dr. Elizabeth H. Hartsook & Stuart Slade

After the Vietnam War, the United States Air Force Historical Research Center produced a series of 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These studies were classified as being Top Secret for many years and were only recently released to the public. The core of these monographs deal with the political, operational and technical development of the Air Force participation in the Vietnam War. These remarkable documents contain a wealth of historical data that explain the background and reasoning behind many controversial decisions. Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken. The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This first volume covers the birth of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from the arrival of the first advisors to the peak of troop deployment numbers. The second volume describes the search for a negotiated end to the conflict and the final defeat of South Vietnam. In this two-volume compilation, the integrity of the original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-04-3
Pages: 547
Price: $9.99

Close air Support in Vietnam
Tactics and Techniques - 1961 - 1973
By Lt. Col Ralph A. Rowley

This historical study deals with U.S. Air Force close air support operations within the Republic of Vietnam. with the emphasis on tactics and techniques. The author. Lt. Col. Ralph Rowley. previously wrote two monographs dealing with the important role played by Forward Air Controllers (Faces) in South Vietnam. In this study, he examines such operations from the viewpoint of the pilots and crews of the attack aircraft. These included T-28's. A-1E's. A-26's. A-7's. F-100's. B-26's and B-57's. The role of Air Force gunships -- the AC-47, AC-119, and the AC-130 -- and the armed FAC also are discussed by the author. In addition, he describes the key role played by the Tactical Air Control System, which the Air Force established in Vietnam in the early 1960's. Colonel Rowley's monograph is the twentieth classified historical study on the war published by the Office of Air Force History since 1962.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-12-8
Pages: 182
Price: $19.95

Close air Support in Vietnam - Tactics and Techniques - 1961 - 1973
E-Book Version
By Lt. Col Ralph A. Rowley

This historical study deals with U.S. Air Force close air support operations within the Republic of Vietnam. with the emphasis on tactics and techniques. The author. Lt. Col. Ralph Rowley. previously wrote two monographs dealing with the important role played by Forward Air Controllers (Faces) in South Vietnam. In this study, he examines such operations from the viewpoint of the pilots and crews of the attack aircraft. These included T-28's, A-1E's, A-26's, A-7's, F-100's, B-26's and B-57's. The role of Air Force gunships -- the AC-47, AC-119, and the AC-130 -- and the armed FAC also are discussed by the author. In addition, he describes the key role played by the Tactical Air Control System, which the Air Force established in Vietnam in the early 1960's. Colonel Rowley's monograph is the twentieth classified historical study on the war published by the Office of Air Force History since 1962.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-16-6
Pages: 182
Price: $9.99

Forward Air Control In Vietnam
E-Book Version
By Lt. Col. Ralph A. Rowley

This study is a history of Air Force forward air control operations in Southeast Asia. This period witnessed many thousands of air control missions flown in support of U.S., South Vietnamese, and Allied ground combat units during operations against enemy forces. Tactics changed as the enemy threat became more dangerous. And the role of the forward air controller vastly expanded. By the end of the conflict, the FACs not only controlled air strikes, but flew air cover for convoys and other troop movements, dropped propaganda leaflets, performed aerial reconnaissance sorties, and supported a variety of military operations, including assisting Special Forces clandestine missions. Moreover, before the United States pulled out of Southeast Asia in 1973, the FAC role saw the introduction of jet forward air controllers to operate in high threat areas, the inclusion of C-130s, and C-123s as FAC aircraft for night operations and the development of the armed FAC concept.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-24-1
Pages: 360
Price: $9.99

Forward Air Control In Vietnam
By Lt. Col. Ralph A. Rowley

This study is a history of Air Force forward air control operations in Southeast Asia. This period witnessed many thousands of air control missions flown in support of U.S., South Vietnamese, and Allied ground combat units during operations against enemy forces. Tactics changed as the enemy threat became more dangerous. And the role of the forward air controller vastly expanded. By the end of the conflict, the FACs not only controlled air strikes, but flew air cover for convoys and other troop movements, dropped propaganda leaflets, performed aerial reconnaissance sorties, and supported a variety of military operations, including assisting Special Forces clandestine missions. Moreover, before the United States pulled out of Southeast Asia in 1973, the FAC role saw the introduction of jet forward air controllers to operate in high threat areas, the inclusion of C-130s, and C-123s as FAC aircraft for night operations and the development of the armed FAC concept.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-22-7
Pages: 360
Price: $24.95

Mad Cats - The Story of VP-63
By Kernan Chaisson

This collection of stories from the members of VP-63, who lived and slept with the "MAD Cat" through almost three years of World War II, is not a gory tale, for VP-63 personnel normally did not see that kind of war, with its agony of injury and death on the ground and in trenches. Theirs was a relatively clean war usually over the beautiful sea. When tragedy struck, the consequences were instant and final. Many of these stories are humorous, with tragedy mostly in the background. The special lives they forged are what it is all about. Through it all, the sailors of VP-63 gave birth to a major technology that came out of the war; something that became a mainstay of the anti-submarine effort to this day. It was their work that gave birth to the Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) that today, is carried by almost every ASW aircraft throughout the world. The 'stinger' sticking out of the back of every P-3 and P-8A is instantly recognizable to every sailor in the MAD Cats…

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-7-0
Pages: 254
Price: $24.95

Mad Cats - The Story of VP-63
E-Book Version
By Kernan Chaisson

This collection of stories from the members of VP-63, who lived and slept with the "MAD Cat" through almost three years of World War II, is not a gory tale, for VP-63 personnel normally did not see that kind of war, with its agony of injury and death on the ground and in trenches. Theirs was a relatively clean war usually over the beautiful sea. When tragedy struck, the consequences were instant and final. Many of these stories are humorous, with tragedy mostly in the background. The special lives they forged are what it is all about. Through it all, the sailors of VP-63 gave birth to a major technology that came out of the war; something that became a mainstay of the anti-submarine effort to this day. It was their work that gave birth to the Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) that today, is carried by almost every ASW aircraft throughout the world. The 'stinger' sticking out of the back of every P-3 and P-8A is instantly recognizable to every sailor in the MAD Cats…

ISBN: 978-1-939335-05-0
Pages: 243
Price: $9.99

Tactics and Techniques of Electronic Warfare
Electronic Countermeasures in the Air War Against North Vietnam, 1965-1973
By Bernard C. Nalty

The air campaign mounted against North Vietnam between 1965 and 1972 was the first time that an integrated air defense system based around radar-controlled guns and surface-to-air missiles had been encountered. Proponents of surface-to-air missiles had claimed that their lethality would drive manned aircraft from the battlefield. That claim was about to be tested. Despite an on-going program of research and development, the U.S. Air Force was hard-pressed to neutralize North Vietnam's radar-controlled defenses, but did prevail and successfully delivered punishing blows during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972. Electronic countermeasures support for the air war against North Vietnam included stand-off jamming, Wild Weasel operations, the use of self-protection pods, and the employment of chaff. Using all these techniques, Linebacker II saw the B-52s of Strategic Air Command facing the most effective air defense system the Soviet Union could provide. The B-52s won; the much-heralded surface-to-air missiles were scoring a lower kill rate than German defenses in World War Two

ISBN: 978-1-939335-18-0
Pages: 182
Price: $19.95

Tactics and Techniques of Electronic Warfare In Vietnam
E-Book Version
By Bernard C. Nalty

The air campaign mounted against North Vietnam between 1965 and 1972 was the first time that an integrated air defense system based around radar-controlled guns and surface-to-air missiles had been encountered. Proponents of surface-to-air missiles had claimed that their lethality would drive manned aircraft from the battlefield. That claim was about to be tested. Despite an on-going program of research and development, the U.S. Air Force was hard-pressed to neutralize North Vietnam's radar-controlled defenses, but did prevail and successfully delivered punishing blows during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972. Electronic countermeasures support for the air war against North Vietnam included stand-off jamming, Wild Weasel operations, the use of self-protection pods, and the employment of chaff. Using all these techniques, Linebacker II saw the B-52s of Strategic Air Command facing the most effective air defense system the Soviet Union could provide. The B-52s won; the much-heralded surface-to-air missiles were scoring a lower kill rate than German defenses in World War Two

ISBN: 978-1-939335-19-7
Pages: 182
Price: $9.99

The Air Force and the National Guided Missile Program 1944-1950
E-Book Version
By Max Rosenberg

At the end of World War Two, it was accepted that guided missiles would dominate future warfare. Yet, despite this conviction, nobody really knew how such weapons would be used, who would develop them or who would deploy and use them in combat operations. As the post-war armed forces started to design these new weapons, they were truly entering unknown territory. --This monograph takes us back to the days when these weapons were still in the earliest of conceptual stages. Even the very nature of a guided missile still had to be properly defined. As the fundamental issues involved in developing the new missiles were addressed, funding shortages and the developing political environment added difficulties of their own. --Today, we find the idea of waging war without access to an arsenal of guided missiles and other precision-guided munitions quite unimaginable. The Air Force and The National Guided Missile Program 1944-1950 provides an invaluable insight of the era that gave birth to the modern art of war.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-09-8
Pages: 150
Price: $9.99

The Air Force and the National Guided Missile Program 1944-1950
By Max Rosenberg

This AFCHO monograph covers USAF participation in the national guided missile program that slowly evolved between the closing months of World War II and the beginning of the Korean War. The first generation of missile projects laid the groundwork for a later and much more successful range of weapons. Navaho and Rascal proved the technologies that were later used for the AGM-28 Hound Dog and AGM-69 SRAM missiles. These same technologies later gave birth to the current generation of cruise missiles. These can be seen as a successful implementation of the design concepts first developed in the late 1940s. Today, in the second decade of the 21st century, pilotless aircraft are a widely used and deadly part of the American airborne arsenal. Technology has caught up with the visions of those who had conceived the first generation of guided missiles in the 1940s.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-0-1
Pages: 150
Price: $14.95

The Evolution of Aircraft Carriers
From Pusher Biplanes of 1910 Through the World's First Nuclear Powered Carrier - USS Enterprise CVN-65
By Scott MacDonald

In 1910, the great battleship with its mighty guns was the ultimate expression of naval power. Yet, already one rival had appeared with the emergence of the submarine, whose torpedoes could sink the largest of battleships. Soon, an even deadlier rival appeared. At first, the new flying machines didn't seem to be much of a threat as they were in their infancy. Naval opinion varied from outright dismissal of them to ‘wait and see'. Yet there were pioneers who understood that aircraft would be essential to naval dominance. Within 50 yrs., their efforts had made the aircraft carrier into the new Queen of the seas. The Evolution of Aircraft Carriers is a compilation of ofcial U.S. Navy documents, essays and photographs that takes the reader on a journey from Eugene Ely's rst ight from the USS Birmingham to the building of the rst carrier from the keel up and continues on for over 50 years of world naval aircraft carrier and aviation history; ending just after the completion of USS Enterprise CVN-65.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-5-6
Pages: 279
Price: $24.95

The Evolution of Aircraft Carriers
E-Book Version
By Scott MacDonald & Monty Nebinger

In 1910, the great battleship with its mighty guns was the ultimate expression of naval power. Yet, already one rival had appeared with the emergence of the submarine, whose torpedoes could sink the largest of battleships. Soon, an even deadlier rival appeared. At first, the new flying machines didn't seem to be much of a threat as they were in their infancy. Naval opinion varied from outright dismissal of them to 'wait and see'. Yet there were pioneers who understood that aircraft would be essential to naval dominance. Within 50 yrs., their efforts had made the aircraft carrier into the new Queen of the seas. The Evolution of Aircraft Carriers is a compilation of official U.S. Navy documents, essays and photographs that takes the reader on a journey from Eugene Ely's First Flight from the USS Birmingham to the building of the First carrier from the keel up and continues on for over 50 years of world naval aircraft carrier and aviation history; ending just after the completion of USS Enterprise CVN-65.

ISBN: 978-0-9859730-6-3
Pages: 297
Price: $9.99

The Long Patrol
CSS H.L. Hunley, Charleston, and The Civil War 1863-2004
By Michael J. Kozlowski

The Long Patrol gains its name from a tradition in the United States Navy that no submarine that fails to return from a mission is ever thought of as being "lost". After a patrol lasting 139 years, the Confederate States Submarine H.L. Hunley returned home. On one level, "The Long Patrol" is a description of how the world's first truly operational submarine was designed and built. As this part of the story is methodically unveiled, the characters of Horace Lawson Hunley and the Confederate military officers who backed him come to life and step off the pages of the book. On another level, this book is an indispensable social history of the Confederacy during its slow death. It concludes with a description of the burial of the crew of the H.L. Hunley, that links the events of the 1860s with those of 21st century America. In his discussion of the likely causes for the loss of the Hunley, Mike Kozlowski's description of exhaustion, exposure, cold, ever-decreasing oxygen levels and the multiplying factors of ill-health, concussion and long tern malnutrition all strike a resonant chord. His is perhaps the most likely and well-substantiated of all the proposed explanations for the loss of the Hunley and is one that fits well with information gained during the recovery of the sunken submarine.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-15-9
Pages: 278
Price: $24.95

The Long Patrol - CSS H.L. Hunley, Charleston, and The Civil War 1863-2004
E-Book Version
By Michael J. Kozlowski

The Long Patrol means that no submarine failing to return home is ever "lost". After a patrol lasting 139 years, the Confederate States Submarine H.L. Hunley returned home. On one level, this work is a description of how the world's first operational submarine was designed and built. As this part of the story is told, Horace Lawson Hunley and his Confederate officers come to life. On another level, this book is an indispensable social history of the Confederacy during its slow death. It concludes with a description of the burial of the crew of the H.L. Hunley, that links the events of the 1860s with those of 21st century America. In his discussion of the likely causes for the loss of the Hunley, Mike Kozlowski's description of exhaustion, exposure, cold, ever-decreasing oxygen levels and the multiplying factors of ill-health, concussion and long tern malnutrition all strike a resonant chord. Kozlowski's proposed explanations fit well with information gained during the recovery of the sunken submarine.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-15-9
Pages: 278
Price: $9.99

The RF-101 Voodoo over South East Asia 1961 - 1970
E-Book Version
By William H. Greenhalgh

Among the first U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in Southeast Asia, the RF-101Cs from PACAF's squadrons spent long periods of temporary duty at Don Muang Airport and Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand and at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, photographing vital objectives in Laos and South Vietnam to provide most of the intelligence used by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. When the United States finally decided to bomb targets in North Vietnam, RF-101C pilots took the first prestrike and poststrike photographs and led the Air Force and Vietnamese strike aircraft to the targets. The Voodoo pilots photographed objectives all the way to the China border, surviving anti-aircraft fire, missiles, and MiG interceptors – and suffering losses. Truly, the pilots of the RF-101s had a deadly dangerous job, and this history of their achievements pays a much-deserved tribute to their skill and fortitude.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-10-4
Pages: 122
Price: $9.99

The RF-101 Voodoo over South East Asia 1961 - 1970
By William H. Greenhalgh

Among the first U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in Southeast Asia, the RF-101Cs from PACAF's squadrons spent long periods of temporary duty at Don Muang Airport and Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand and at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, photographing vital objectives in Laos and South Vietnam to provide most of the intelligence used by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. When the United States finally decided to bomb targets in North Vietnam, RF-101C pilots took the first prestrike and poststrike photographs and led the Air Force and Vietnamese strike aircraft to the targets. The Voodoo pilots photographed objectives all the way to the China border, surviving anti-aircraft fire, missiles, and MiG interceptors – and suffering losses. Truly, the pilots of the RF-101s had a deadly dangerous job, and this history of their achievements pays a much-deserved tribute to their skill and fortitude.

ISBN: 9780985973018
Pages: 122
Price: $14.95

United States Strategic Bombers 1945 - 2012
E-Book Version
By Stuart Slade

A definitive resource from Defense Lion Publications detailing the evolution of the United States Strategic Bomber inventory; from the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in World War II through the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Remastered archival documents from the U.S. Air Force with design characteristics are also included for each aircraft with authoritative original text that places each one in the context of the development of aviation technology and world history. A look at the future for the next generation of United States Bomber is also discussed in detail. This is an authoritative resource for military historians, aviation buffs or for anyone looking for insight into the bombers that changed the world.

ISBN: 978-1-939335-06-7
Pages: 319
Price: $9.99

United States Strategic Bombers 1945 - 2012
By Stuart Slade

A definitive resource from Defense Lion Publications detailing the evolution of the United States Strategic Bomber inventory; from the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in World War II through the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Remastered archival documents from the U.S. Air Force with design characteristics are also included for each aircraft with authoritative original text that places each one in the context of the development of aviation technology and world history. A look at the future for the next generation of United States Bomber is also discussed in detail. This is an authoritative resource for military historians, aviation buffs or for anyone looking for insight into the bombers that changed the world.

ISBN: 9780578105253
Pages: 320
Price: $26.95