- n. warfare A dominance in the air power of one side's air forces over the other side's during a military campaign. It is defined in the NATO Glossary as "That degree of dominance in the air battle of one force over another that permits the conduct of operations by the former and its related land, sea, and air forces at a given time and place without prohibitive interference by the opposing force."
“With an attack on India in mind, the Japanese made one more attempt to establish air superiority over Ceylon while at the same time crippling the British naval forces by an attack upon Trincoma - lee Naval Base on April 9.”
“The British had air superiority with its newer and faster ships and when the R.A.F. drew a line across Lorraine and proceeded to prang every German aircraft that dared to cross it, the Hun respectfully kept to his own side.”
“The number of fighters required to achieve and sustain air superiority may depend upon that equation, whether with a new airplane or a carrier-modified variant of an existing one.”
“However, in the Afro-Mediterranean theater, where there would be weeks of clear bright skies lit by the glowing golden desert moon, night - flying suddenly became a profitable business for Hurricane pilots, and early in 1942, Night Fighter Squadron 73 was ringing up a regular nightly score of German intruders who because of Britain's increasing air superiority in Africa were forced to attack Army concentrations and airfields under cover of darkness.”
“This evidence could be cited by those who wish to exonerate Khrushchev from responsibility for the Kiev disaster, but even the llth September (less than 24 hours before the collapse of the 48th Army at Kremenchug) was perilously late to start withdrawing, especially under the conditions of total air superiority which the Germans enjoyed.]”
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