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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
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We now have six charging points for electric vehicles
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit Claude's between Hangars 2 and 6? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
Step back into time and onto Lancaster Bomber 'G for George' to witness this iconic campaign
Sit in our Mk16 Spitfire and receive a tour of its cockpit or try out our new virtual reality experience and pilot your own Spitfire. Charges apply.
Specially created for visitors 3 - 8 by our Access and Learning Team
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27 June 2019
Many historians view Franklin Roosevelt’s conception of military air power as lacking sophistication and depth. Across a broad range of events, from the Munich Crisis, Lend-Lease, the Combined Bomber Offensive to the decision to develop atomic weapons, they argue Roosevelt merely reacted to events or followed the advice of his military commanders. In the absence of much original thought or leadership, the president was unable to unlock the full potential of air power in an effective diplomatic strategy that neither made the United States more secure nor protected her interests.
This paper re-examines the president’s thinking on air power in a transatlantic context. It argues that Roosevelt did have a long-standing appreciation of the utility of air power as a diplomatic tool. This was evident in his geographic and spatial appreciation of the developing threat to the security of his country, his understanding of air power as both a coercive and supportive diplomatic tool and in his early appreciation of military air power technology as a key asset and interest of the United States.
When Roosevelt responded to world events, he undoubtedly viewed them through a lens of practical domestic politics. Roosevelt also, however, drew on an understanding of the workings of international power and diplomacy developed in the time before he became president. The writings of naval theorist Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan (rather than more commonly cited theorists of air power), his service in the Wilson administration, his encounters with wartime allies such as the British, and his practical experiences of conflict in Europe during World War I combined to give him a sophisticated understanding of air power as a diplomatic tool. There were limitations in his use of it as president, but his conception continued to develop as American air power grew in strength during World War II.
The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form a part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2019. This programme consists of the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures at our London site, the Cold War Lunchtime lectures at our Cosford site and other events such as conferences. For further details about the Research Programme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.
Please note that lectures are subject to change.
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