Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

Author: Robert Coram
Year Read: 2020
Summary John Richard Boyd was the best fighter pilot in the US Air Force. He was “Forty-Second Boyd,” the pilot who could defeat any opponent in simulated air-to-air combat in less than forty seconds. He was first man to codify the elusive and mysterious ways of air-to-air combat in “Aerial Attack Study,” the bible of air combat. He was developed the Energy-Maneuverability (E-M) Theory, which allowed him to develop the F-15 and F-16. He developed the OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) Loop which changed military—and eventually—business strategy.

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