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Air war

military operations by combatants involving the use of aircraft.
those phases or aspects of a war in which aircraft play a part.
Contemporary Examples

It may be the air war alone that opened the way for the recent Kurdish offensive or it may be the presence of elite ground forces.
Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? Ford Sypher September 1, 2014

They envisioned an air war in which Britain’s economic and technological superiority would slowly pulverize Germany.
Rethink Everything You Think You Know About World War II David Frum February 9, 2013

The American air war against the Taliban in Afghanistan succeeded only because of on-the-ground efforts of the Northern Alliance.
Hamas’s Temporary Popularity Bump Daniel Serwer November 26, 2012

It quietly hoped for Gaddafi’s success against the rebels and openly opposed NATO’s air war.
Which Middle East Dictator Is Going Down Next? Bruce Riedel October 19, 2011

Second, the more successful an air war is, the less control America has over its allies on the ground.
Behind the Libya War Peter Beinart March 20, 2011

But with a more than 2-to-1 cash advantage, Portman can overwhelm opposition in an air war.
Tea Party on the Run Benjamin Sarlin October 5, 2010

Historical Examples

Thar warn’t no wind on the yearth, but up above the air war a-stirrin’.
The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

First documentation I found was in the South Pacific air war in the ’40s.
A Fine Fix R. C. Noll

In the end the new bombardment group only served to limit black participation in the air war.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

There had been rain in the night; the air war full of forest fragrance, and the low, sweet voice of twittering birds.
The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells


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