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War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972$
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Hal M. Friedman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176550

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176550.001.0001

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Here’s Your Air War

Here’s Your Air War

Popular Culture Depictions of Land-Based Air Power in the Pacific

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(p.54) 2Here’s Your Air War
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War in the American Pacific and East Asia, 1941-1972
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Steve Call

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176550.003.0003

By World War II, public fascination with aviation and air power had created a powerful presence in popular culture.Military and government leaders sought to exploit that presence in shaping public perceptions of the war against Japan and the public fascination that drove it, but so too did writers, editors, producers, and even air power theorists.Movies, books, and popular magazine articles in significant numbers featured air power themes in a number of different guises.Some sought merely to cash in on audience appeal, while others sought to boost public morale or support for the war effort; still others used the various media to build public support for air power itself or to push distinctive theories about air power’s application.Regardless of intent, these depictions reached wide audiences and helped shape attitudes toward the war, the enemy, and air power itself, giving a unique insight into the nature of the Pacific air war.

Keywords:   air power, popular culture, movies, Flying Tigers, Doolittle Raid, strategic bombing, Daylight Precision Bombing, Walt Disney, Victory through Air Power, Alexander P. de Seversky

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