You must have noticed that this is the sixtieth year of publication of Air Power History. Accordingly, in this issue our feature articles run the gamut from World War I, to World War II, to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
Forrest Marion leads off with "Ten Seconds to Impact: The B-52 air strike at Bagram, on November 12, 2001." This event was followed by the retreat of the Taliban and the capture of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.
In the second article, Bill Cahill examines "Reconnaissance on a Global Scale: SAC Reconnaissance of the 1950s." At the end of World War II, the Strategic Air Command possessed a small fleet of aged bombers to use in the reconnaissance role, which was employed to map the periphery of the Soviet Union. At the outbreak of the Korean War, in June 1950, SAC was forced to conduct a realistic test of its reconnaissance doctrine and capabilities. General LeMay found SAC's reconnaissance capabilities lacking. However, by 1956, the Central intelligence Agency's high-altitude U--2 filled the void. Learn of the events and technology that allowed SAC to resume its primary mission.
In "A German...