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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 The incident was just the latest example of the Turkish Air Force brandishing its overwhelming airpower in cross-border raids. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 This may have been a sustainable project—the Taliban were unable to capture cities in the face of U.S. airpower. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The president’s statement ignored the reality that American airpower and support assistance kept the Taliban in check in recent years with minimal risk to U.S. military personnel. Karl Rove, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 Removing the airpower option would be a foolhardy choice. Dave Deptula, Forbes, 23 June 2021 These flights remind everyone on the ground that American airpower is still overhead and can intervene in case fighting breaks out. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Aug. 2021 Others say the Afghan military was designed with the expectation of U.S. reinforcements and airpower. USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2021 Plea for peace, threaten more airpower, or insist the main cities will hold? Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 However, President Ashraf Ghani is trying to rally a counteroffensive relying on his country’s special forces, the militias of warlords and American airpower ahead of the U.S. and NATO withdrawal at the end of the month. Tameem Akhgar, Time, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of airpower

1908, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2021

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“Airpower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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