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Aircraft Markings of the Strategic Air Command, 1946-1953

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Title: Aircraft Markings of the Strategic Air Command, 1946-1953
Author: Rodrigues, Rick
ISBN: 9780786424962
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Published: 2006
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Near Fine
Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.

B 1280303

Publisher Description:
In the aftermath of World War II, the Continental Air Command was redesignated as the Strategic Air Command (SAC) part of a plan to organize the Army Air Forces around three new organizations based on strategic, tactical and air defence missions. Nearly everything about the SAC was secretive - its capabilities, strengths, order of battle and unit identities. Its aircraft were rarely photographed and those images that were captured revealed little information. This book comprehensively documents SAC tactical aircraft markings from the organization's inception in 1946 to the end of the tail-marking era in April 1953, a period when the marking schemes included large tail markings, vivid squadron identification markings and attractive, colourful unit insignia. The SAC's history is described along with the evolution of its aircraft markings policy, basic definitions on aircraft markings terminology, and individual unit sections on SAC's bombardment, strategic reconnaissance and fighter groups and wings. The text is heavily illustrated and features many never before seen photographs of SAC aircraft in full war paint.