Glenmore S. Trenear-Harvey - Historical Dictionary of Air Intelligence
The Scarecrow Press | 2009 | ISBN: 0810859823 0810862948 | Pages: 256 | PDF | 5.91 MB
From the moment man learned how to ascend from the ground, the
strategic significance of air intelligence became apparent. It was, classically,
the Duke of Wellington’s desire “to see over the other side of the
hill” and thereby instantly obtain an advantage over an adversary massing
for a surprise attack. But what makes the discipline of air intelligence
unique are its relative newness and the astonishing speed with
which it has developed. Naval intelligence is as old as the first warships
that put to sea, and military intelligence might be said to date back to
biblical times, when we read in the Old Testament that Joshua sent men
to “spy out the land of Canaan.” However, the earliest air intelligence
missions are much easier to document, for they can be said to have commenced
with the very first hot-air balloons. Probably the first dedicated
air reconnaissance missions were undertaken in 1870 during the siege
of Paris, when tethered French balloons were employed to spot enemy
positions and direct artillery fire onto them.
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