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Title: Aircraft for Strategic Effects

Voice: As aircraft technology improved and airmen became more skilled in airpower employment, the potential for attacking key vital centers became clearer. While using aircraft to attack enemy surface forces seemed logical, many airmen believed that destroying enemy forces was not the decisive element for winning a war. Rather, they saw destroying key vital centers as the critical element. Airmen saw a means of diminishing the industrial engine that had made the great war possible. By crippling supplies and transportation, airmen saw possibilities of strategic effect that far exceeded the tactical employment of aircraft.

Action: A background image of a pilot sitting near his WWI era fighter appears. Text bullets overlay the image to reinforce the narration:

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