Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

Now that I have finished a couple of projects I can start to slowly turn my attention to my next major research project until they come back from peer review. Principally this is to continue the research I started a few months ago on the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force … Continue reading Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

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Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies continues to make available interviews that have been conducted over the years at the RAF Staff College. In this video, Group Captain Tony Mason interviews Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire. At this point, Mason was Director of Defence Studies and conducted a number of these interviews including … Continue reading Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

Ongoing Projects

Ok, having updated the site, I feel I need to post more regularly, so, all being well, expect some more ramblings from me. I thought I would start with an update on various projects. First, I have just finished a chapter on air power at Gallipoli that should appear in early 2018. The role of … Continue reading Ongoing Projects

Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies has just posted up a couple of interesting interviews on YouTube with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont. These were interviewed at the RAF Staff College at Bracknell in the early 1990s. It was not unusual to have after-dinner speakers at Bracknell, and it … Continue reading Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont

Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

[Cross-posted from From Balloons to Drones] John Dibbs and Tony Holmes, Spitfire: The Legend Lives On. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2016. Foreword. Images. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 224. John Dibbs, Tony Holmes and Gordon Riley, Hurricane: Hawker’s Fighter Legend. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2017. Foreword. Images. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 256. John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey … Continue reading Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

Is there a need for an academic journal devoted to air power studies?

Just over a week ago at From Balloons to Drones, I discussed some of the changes that the discipline of air power studies currently faces. While I admitted I had no silver bullet for further developing the field, I did suggest that an academic - as opposed to a service - journal for the discipline … Continue reading Is there a need for an academic journal devoted to air power studies?

Wither Air Power Studies?

[Cross posted from From Balloons to Drones] I started writing this post several months ago, but for various reasons, it lay dormant until a recent Twitter exchange began with Brian Laslie. Brian suggested that Mark Clodfelter’s The Limits of Air Power was the ‘foundation of modern air power studies.’ This immediately got my attention, and … Continue reading Wither Air Power Studies?

Conference – Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty

Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty An International Conference to be held at the RAF Museum London Organised in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College 29 September 2017 Over the past two decades, airpower has become the “Western way of war” … Continue reading Conference – Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – From Habit to Dependency: Hendon and Military Aviation in the First World War

In this talk, the RAF Museum’s Archive, Library and Research Manager, Nina Hadaway, explores the relationship between Hendon and the development of military aviation during the First World War. TALK OUTLINE Hendon has a long association with aviation. As early as the 1910s experimental flights were undertaken across its green fields, and air races fired … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – From Habit to Dependency: Hendon and Military Aviation in the First World War

Managing Knowledge

In June, I attended a fascinating conference organised by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War on the subject of ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.' One of the many interesting papers delivered was one by Dr Tarak Barkawi of the LSE on the theme of ‘Theory and History in the Archives … Continue reading Managing Knowledge