Textbook of Military Aeronautics

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Henry Woodhouse. Textbook of Military Aeronautics. New York: The Century Co., 1918.

Online at Internet Archive; Online at HathiTrust.

A successor to Textbook of Naval Aeronautics. ("The hundreds of letters received from naval officers regarding the value to them of the 'Textbook of Naval Aeronautics' convinced the author of the need for a similar book about military aeronautics rather than a book dealing with the mechanics of military aircraft and their equipment, an extensive subject that would fill a book as large as this volume." (Preface)

Introduction by Alan R. Hawley president of the Aero Club of America. Hawley and Woodhouse jointly promoted intensive aircraft production and air-force development and Hawley continues along the same lines here:

Another commendable point—it has many—is the strong message which the book carries to the American authorities and public. The author brings out once more the importance of air power and urges full-size measures. In this again every one will agree. It is time that we shun half-measures. The greatest of our national sins in aeronautic matters has been overreliance on minimums—minimum plans, based on minimum understanding of the military and aeronautic situation, further weakened by minimum appropriations. We have also had some minimum men, having minimum knowledge and experience, who did not realize, as one must do in war-times, the possible necessity of quick expansion, the possibility of delays, due to labor conditions, mistakes, etc.

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