After an initial publication on the subject, the historian Jean-Marc Olivier has taken up the pen again in order to delve deeper into the history of the Air Force. From its beginnings right through to… its future!
In 2014, Jean-Marc Olivier, a professor at the University of Toulouse – Jean Jaurès and historian of industries, including aviation, led a team of authors to write “Histoire de l’armée de l’air et des forces aériennes françaises du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours” [History of the French Air Force since the 18th century to the present]. Again working with other contributors, this time he is back with “Nouvelle histoire de l’armée de l’air et des forces aériennes françaises” [New history of the French Air Force], in which he extends and refines the study of the subject.
To achieve this, he and his co-authors continue to place innovation and passion at the heart of the efforts that launched the aviation industry in service of the military: from the aircraft of the First World War to the transition to nuclear power during the 1960s, not forgetting the Air Force’s independence in 1934. All this, and more, while placing these various changes within their contexts: historical, material, industrial and, of course, political.
Lastly, this reference work, a revised and expanded edition, does not overlook contemporary and future military aviation. It looks back over the development of the A400M, which refuels the Rafale during flight, as well as the FCAS (Future Combat Air System) prototype, for which Dassault will be the project manager.
Book. “Nouvelle histoire de l’armée de l’air et des forces aériennes françaises” Edited by Jean-Marc Olivier. Editions Privat. EAN: 978-2708952539