I am an independent historian specialising air power and the history of air warfare. Between 2013 and 2017, I was the resident Historian at the Royal Air Force Museum in the United Kingdom, and I am a graduate of the University of Birmingham (MPhil and PhD) and the University of Wolverhampton (BA (Hons) and PGCE). As well as air power, my research interests include the history of war in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the social and cultural history of armed forces. I also have an interest in public history and the use of interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of the past. I am working on a number of publications stemming from my PhD as well as working on a number of further research projects. Principally, these research projects are an analysis of the culture, ethos and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force and an examination of command and staff training in the RAF. To date, I have published several chapters and articles, edited two books, and delivered papers on three continents. In 2016, I was elected as a member of the Royal Historical Society, and in 2011 I was a West Point Fellow in Military History at the United States Military Academy as part of their Summer Seminar in Military History programme. I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group, which is an international organisation that brings together scholars researching the broad period of the Second World War. I am also the editor of From Balloons to Drones, an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power.
Dr Ross Mahoney