Creating the Narrative: The Royal Air Force, ‘The War in the Air,’ and the Origins of a Discipline

While I mentioned the other day that I am giving my first lecture here in Australia in April, I have been remiss in mentioning that in I have also had a conference paper accepted as well. In July I will be presenting at the conference of the International Society for First World War Studies in … Continue reading Creating the Narrative: The Royal Air Force, ‘The War in the Air,’ and the Origins of a Discipline

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Latest Edition of the British Journal for Military History

On Friday, the British Journal for Military History published its latest edition. The focus of this edition is the development and experience of air power in the British Empire during the First World War. The edition was co-edited by Dr Michael Molkentin and I. We brought together a range of established and emerging academics to … Continue reading Latest Edition of the British Journal for Military History

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

From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

Editorial Note: One of these reason that there have been a lack of updates to my own website is that last year I started a new website devoted to the study of air power. From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and … Continue reading From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

First Keynote…

I am pleased, and proud, to note that this September I will be giving my first every keynote address at a conference. I have presented at many conferences and delivered lots of public lectures but to be asked to give a keynote is a singular honour. I have no doubt that this has come about … Continue reading First Keynote…

2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

It has taken a while to finalise the details but here is the 2017 Research Programme for the RAF Museum. We have a great series of lectures with speakers from around the globe with a wide variety of subjects and themes being explored. You can download a copy of the programme here. Please note that … Continue reading 2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – The Use of Flight in the African Campaigns of World War 1

On 17 February 2017, Dr Anne Samson will explore the use of air power during the African campaign of the First World War. TALK OUTLINE When one thinks of the campaigns in Africa, one thinks of the long slog through the desert in South West, or the horrors of water, mud and jungle in East … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – The Use of Flight in the African Campaigns of World War 1

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918

On 11 November 2016, Professor Niall Barr examines the development of air defence during the First World War through the experience of his Great Uncle. TALK OUTLINE This talk blends part of Professor Barr's family history with an examination of the German bombing campaign against Britain in the First World War and the development of … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – ‘Havoc from the Heavens’

On 12 August 2016, Dr Jonathan Black of Kingston University will discuss the work of British war artist Lieutenant Sydney Carline of the RAF in a talk entitled '‘Havoc from the Heavens’: The Contribution of British Air Power to the Destruction of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Turkish Forces in 1918 through the eyes of British War … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – ‘Havoc from the Heavens’

Call for Contributors – Cavalry of the Clouds? The Development and Experience of Air Power in the British Empire during the First World War

In recent years, an emerging body of scholarship has developed our understanding of the complexity and significance of the war the Royal Air Force and its antecedents fought during the First World War. Nonetheless much remains to be written on the subject of the development of Britain's air arms, as well as those of the … Continue reading Call for Contributors – Cavalry of the Clouds? The Development and Experience of Air Power in the British Empire during the First World War