You can't talk about the Air force without mentioning Curtis Le May. After WWII, Curtis LeMay commanded USAF Europe and coordinated the Berlin Airlift. He served as commander of the Strategic Air Command from 1948 to 1957, and was the kind of man we've always needed to win wars rather than prolonging them endlessly like politicians tend to do. Today, he would be vilified as a bloodthirsty war monger. But he was actually a humanitarian who wanted to save as many lives as possible. This is evidenced by a couple of statements that he made. He was the ultimate no-BS kind of guy. "We should always avoid armed conflict. But if you get in it, get in with both feet and get out as soon as possible." "In war, you've got to kill people. And when you kill enough of them, they'll stop fighting." "A Successful offense brings victory. A successful defense can only lessen defeat."