Honors Program


Document Type


Date of this Version

Fall 10-2019


Weidner, Lane. Take Off to Superiority: The Evolution & Impact of U.S. Aircraft in War. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. October 2019


Copyright Lane Weidner 2019


Military aviation has become a staple in the way wars are fought, and ultimately, won. This research paper takes a look at the ways that aviation has evolved and impacted wars across the U.S. history timeline. With a brief introduction of early flight and the modern concept of an aircraft, this article then delves into World Wars I and II, along with the Cold, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. The current War on Terrorism is then investigated, and finally, a look toward the future. Topics covered include the newest aircraft of each era, technological advancements, and how strategy and war planning was changed with these evolutions.