Rise of the Bomber

6 December 2016

Airbus Defence & Space


British defence thinking in the 20th century was dominated by the fear of destruction from the air. In this talk Greg Baughen traces this fear of aerial bombardment back to before the first aeroplane had even flown. He explains how the theory of independent bombing developed in the opening decades of the century and examines the consequences for British air policy and defence policy as a whole. The talk focuses in particular on the detrimental effect this fear of the bomber had on British fighter design in the inter-war years and reflects on how close this took the country to catastrophe in the Second World War.

Speaker Details

Greg Baughen


Airbus Defence & Space

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