Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The organized, integrated use of aircraft and missiles for foreign policy, strategy, operations, and tactics.
  • noun The tactical and strategic strength of a country's air force.

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  • noun Airborne military power; an air force

Etymologies

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air +‎ power

Examples

  • We have had ships in the Persian gulf for 20+ years now, so our ability to project airpower is always there.

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  • Nor does the existence of the atomic bomb alter the fact that airpower is still the first line of defence.

    The Development of Air Power In Canada

  • These 12-to-19-person training teams serve as a vital link between forward-deployed Afghan army and police units and ISAF support such as airpower, medical evacuation, and resupply.

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  • "airpower" we mean the tactical and strategic employment of conventional aviation ordnance, including air-dropped mines.

    On Yankee Station

  • Some Libyan diplomats have bravely called for a no-fly zone to stop the Qaddafi regime's use of airpower to attack Libyan civilians.

    Unrest in Libya: Congressional reactions

  • The Air Force fears that the dominance of U.S. airpower has been so complete for so long that it is taken for granted.

    The Last Ace

  • "The no-fly zone was mounted because Gadhafi was using airpower and artillery and armor," Ries said.

    Allies' war options may be limited in Libya

  • In World War II, the German combination of mechanization, tactical airpower, and radio communication with sound doctrine, campaign plans, and training created the military system that journalists would erroneously dub "Blitzkrieg."

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  • I was a British journalist with the mujahideen at the siege of Jalalabad in March 1989, when they were indeed decimated by the government's airpower when they concentrated to attack the city.

    What next in Afghanistan?

  • The Air Force fears that the dominance of U.S. airpower has been so complete for so long that it is taken for granted.

    The Last Ace

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