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Title: Airpower Evolution

Action: Begin with an image of Douhet to the top and center of the screen, fade in an image of Trenchard to the bottom left, and eventually an image of Mitchell to the bottom right of the screen.

Voice: Early airpower enthusiasts believed airpower was more than merely a provider of services for surface forces. Instead, they believed that airpower, if applied in the right way, could add a completely new dimension to warfare and offer the theater commander an option other than the mass carnage of the trenches. Key to the proper application of airpower was the unified control of military aviation by the air leaders themselves. The concept of unified control, or centralized control and decentralized execution as we call it today, did not occur overnight.

Action: Hide all, and replace with a group image of Arnold, Spaatz, and Vandenburg in a car together.

Voice: Instead, it was an evolutionary process that occurred over several decades and ultimately led to the creation of an independent air force in 1947.

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