US Air Forces in Europe

The 1980s

Kevin Wright

The US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) rapidly expanded its presence in the 1980s, as it became the most dangerous decade of the Cold War. As tensions escalated, a new generation of aircraft arrived at bases across Western Europe. With over 180 images, this book examines the aircraft and bases of the USAFE during the 1980s.
Date Published :
July 2022
Publisher :
Key Publishing
Language:
English
Series :
Air Forces Series
Illustration :
Over 180 images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781802820355
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9.57 X 6.69 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$24.95

Overview
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The US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) rapidly expanded its presence in the 1980s, as it became the most dangerous decade of the Cold War. Most controversially, a new generation of intermediate-range nuclear weapons was deployed by both sides. As tensions between the East and West escalated, a new generation of aircraft arrived at bases across Western Europe – state of the art F-15 Eagle air superiority fighters were followed by the A 10 tank busters and the multi-role F-16 Fighting Falcons. Illustrated with over 180 images, this book examines the aircraft and bases of the USAFE during the 1980s. it also describes the vital support provided by other arms of the USAF, including Military Airlift Command’s transport and tanker fleet. The part played by Strategic Air Command’s iconic SR-71s, U-2s, and giant B-52 bombers is outlined, as is the role of Tactical Air Command, which would have rapidly reinforced USAFE in time of war.

About The Author
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Kevin Wright is a regular contributor to aviation magazines (including ‘Aviation News’ and ‘Aeroplane’) and is an accomplished air-to-air photographer. He has a lifelong special interest in Cold War intelligence collection and produced numerous articles on related topics. Other recent publications include co-authoring a book, with Peter Jefferies, on allied intelligence collection along the Berlin Corridors. He taught international security and politics for over 15 years at universities in the UK and overseas. His PhD was on the role of expert communities in arms control policy making which became the topic of his first book. He currently lives in the Republic of IE - Ireland.

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