Difference between revisions of "Air supremacy"

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"The Zero-Sen possessed complete mastery in the air over the Pacific until the Battle of Midway in June 1942, which became the actual turning point of the Pacific War, although very few knew it at the time." [http://www.aviation-history.com/mitsubishi/zero.html]
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'''Air superiority''' is a concept in warfare in which one nation's military gains complete control of the opposing enemy's airspace through destruction of the enemy's fighter wing capacity, the airfields and runways, and its air-defensive capability. Although not a war-winning concept in and of itself, gaining air superiority can give ground forces a decisive advantage, as demonstrated during the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom.  
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Revision as of 02:30, 26 May 2012

Air superiority is a concept in warfare in which one nation's military gains complete control of the opposing enemy's airspace through destruction of the enemy's fighter wing capacity, the airfields and runways, and its air-defensive capability. Although not a war-winning concept in and of itself, gaining air superiority can give ground forces a decisive advantage, as demonstrated during the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom.