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Architect of Air PowerGeneral Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force$
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Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169989

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.001.0001

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The Pacific, War’s End, and Air Transport Command

The Pacific, War’s End, and Air Transport Command

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(p.118) 7 The Pacific, War’s End, and Air Transport Command
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Architect of Air Power
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Brian D. Laslie

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.003.0008

Kuter followed his herculean efforts in DC by going to the Marianas Islands in May 1945 to become deputy commander of Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Area, and to help operate the U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific. His work here shifted away from bombardment and into aerial transport. Kuter was eventually named commander of the new Military Air Transport Service. Kuter, as head of MATS, became involved in the earliest days of the Cold War including the Berlin Airlift. This shows the rise and importance of massive air transport as an air force mission. The same way Kuter helped give rise to important theories on bombardment, he now did the same for airlift.

Keywords:   MATS, ATC, Air transport, Berlin Airlift, Cold War, airlift

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