The U.S. Army Air Corps, and later the Air Force, have always viewed what is known as “attack aviation” as a tertiary function following air superiority and strategic bombardment, and probably behind tactical air transport. One only need look at the history of the Army’s eventual development of its own aviation branch to find the evidence.
I suspect, therefore, that the Air Force is attempting to combat this perception with the publication of accounts of its history as a ground-support force. In their defense, when some of their number have dropped out of the clouds to focus on providing direct support to ground troops, (most notable among such aviators is General Elwood Richard “Pete” Quesada, pictured) they have done well. That’s why this book is such a worthy read.