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Title: GHQ Air Force—Pros & Cons

Action: The screen begins with an organizational chart depicting the GHQ Air Force. The charted is headed by the GHQ headquarters, and command then goes to four air wings; the first, second, third wings, and the twenty-first airship group. Under each are various squadrons:

Voice: Although a compromise short of independence, most airmen accepted the concept of a GHQ Air Force as a step in the right direction. However, there were obvious shortcomings. Military aviation was split between the GHQ Air Force and the Air Corps and there was still no provision for a separate air budget. Corps area commanders continued to exercise administrative jurisdiction over air personnel, and the General Staff retained the ultimate authority over air matters. In spite of the shortcomings, the GHQ Air Force was an advance that recognized, in concept at least, the air force idea of unified air striking power.

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