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Mosquitoes to Wolves the Evolution of the Airborne Forward Air Controller

By Lester, Gary Robert

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Book Id: WPLBN0000698511
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 1.61 MB.
Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Mosquitoes to Wolves the Evolution of the Airborne Forward Air Controller  
Author: Lester, Gary Robert
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
Collections: AU Press Collection
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Publisher: Air University Press


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Lester, G. R. (n.d.). Mosquitoes to Wolves the Evolution of the Airborne Forward Air Controller. Retrieved from

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Preface: Comparable to twentieth century cavalry, early forward air controllers (FAC) probed, observed, and reported enemy activity. Flying rickety, underpowered, and unarmed aircraft, they operated on the leading edge of ground combat. The efficient use of airborne FACs never developed in a meaningful way in World War II, with the possible exception of their use in Marine amphibious operations in the Pacific. But the rugged terrain of Korea and the jungle mazes of Vietnam restricted the capabilities of ground controllers to identify targets, thus expanding the need for ?eyes in the air.? FAC roles changed from those of probing, observing, and reporting, to those of locating targets, marking them for air strikes, and taking an active role in their destruction. This expanded mission resulted in the inevitable evolution of FAC equipment and responsibilities.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: About the Author, Ix - Preface, Xi - 1 Evolution of Close Air Support, 1 - World War I, 2 - Between the Wars, 5 - The American Experience, 1918?42, 7 - World War Ii, 9 - Notes, 12 - 2 Close Air Support Doctrine, 15 - Early Navy-Marine Close Air Support, 15 - Close Air Support In Korea, 16 - Air Force Philosophy In Korea, 18 - Navy/Marine Air In Vietnam, 22 - Notes, 23 - 3 Korea: Forward Air Controllers - Emerge, 25 - The Fight for Air Superiority, 26 - Phase One?Retreat to Pusan, 28 - Phase Two?Advance to the Yalu, 29 - Phase Three?Second Retreat, 29 - Phase Four?Main Line of Resistance - Stabilized, 29 - Phase Five?Air Pressure for Peace, 30 - A Substitute for Artillery, 30 - Close Air Support In Korea, 31 - The Extemporized Air War, 32 - The Need for Airborne Facs, 33


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