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Definition of airpower

: the military strength of a nation's air force

Examples of airpower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of people have already been killed in the fighting, which has involved artillery strikes and airpower. The Economist, "Ghost from the past Armenia and Azerbaijan fight over Nagorno-Karabakh again," 28 Sep. 2020 Shane Arnott, who directs Boeing’s airpower teaming system program, said in a video. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Boeing’s new autonomous fighter jet has a pop-off, swappable nose," 15 May 2020 Burak Kara—Getty Images The pattern of Russian airpower indiscriminately targeting civilians before regime ground forces advance is well documented. Time, "Syrian Refugees Fleeing Assad's Onslaught in Idlib Have Nowhere Left to Hide," 25 Feb. 2020 Last week, Syrian government forces backed by Russian airpower struck two hospitals to Sarmada’s east, taking them out of service. Time, "Syrian Refugees Fleeing Assad's Onslaught in Idlib Have Nowhere Left to Hide," 25 Feb. 2020 Knocking these down, or forcing them to fly farther behind friendly lines, would deal a major blow to U.S. airpower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S.'s New Missile Will Counter Chinese Fighters," 28 June 2019 Expulsion makes no military sense: without U.S. airpower and special operators, ISIS would still hold much of Iraq. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, "Why the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani is a Windfall for Iran's Mullahs," 9 Jan. 2020 There were 948 weapons released in the Middle Eastern country last month as part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and international security assistance, the branch said in an unclassified airpower statistics report dated Sept. 30. Fox News, "US dropped more bombs in Afghanistan last month than any time since 2010: Air Force," 9 Oct. 2019 Most of the operations by Afghan forces, which are heavily reliant on American airpower, happen in the countryside. New York Times, "Violence in Afghanistan Worsens as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Plod On," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of airpower

1908, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2020

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“Airpower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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