First Air Force general to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

August 2011

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Arlington National Cemetery.  Nathan Farragut Twining.  General, United States Air Force. 
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Biography with color photographs of burial at Arlington Cemetery.

General Nathan F. Twining. 
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Official Air Force biography of General Twining including color photograph.

Nathan F. Twining. 
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Article from Air Chronicles about General Twining, includes photograph.

Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.  Nathan F Twining. 
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Includes black and white pictures.


Benton, Jeffrey C.  They Served Here: Thirty-Three Maxwell Men.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1999.  78 p.
"Colonel Benton provides a glimpse of the history of Maxwell Air Force Base by highlighting the careers of 33 airmen who served at the base at some point in their military careers.  Some of the individuals portrayed were pioneers in the development of airpower and provided military leadership from World War II to the present." - A.U. Press Site.
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Book call no.: 358.41709761 B478t

Current Biography 1953.  New York, H. W. Wilson, 1954.  703 p.
Twining, Nathan F., pp 629-631.
Book call no.: R 920.02 c976 1953

Jacobs, James W.  Enshrinee Album: "The First Twenty-One Years".  1st ed.  Dayton, OH, National Aviation Hall of Fame, 1984.  203 p.
Twining, pp 190-191; includes ink drawing portrait.
Book call no.: R 926.2913 N277e

Makers of the United States Air Force, edited by John L. Frisbee.  Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1987.  347 p.
Nathan F. Twining, pp 257-280.
Book call no.: 920.073 M218

McCarley, J. Britt.  General Nathan Farragut Twining: The Making of a Disciple of American Strategic Air Power, 1897-1953.  (Volumes I and II).  Philadelphia, PA, Temple University, 1989.  476 p. (Thesis, Ph.D., Temple University)
Book call no.: 92 T973m

Meilinger, Phillip S.  Airmen and Air Theory: A Review of the Sources.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 2001.  164 p.
Collection of biographical sketches and historiography of airpower theory and doctrine.
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Book call no.: 358.400922 M513ab

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography: A Survey of the Field.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65 p.
Annotated critical bibliography of biographies and autobiographies of more than 30 major figures in the history of American air power.  Twining, Nathan F., pp 43-45.
Book call no.: 358.400922 M513a

Political Profiles: The Eisenhower Years, edited by Eleanora W. Schoenebaum.  New York, Facts on File, 1977.  757 p.
Twining, Nathan F., pp 613-614.
Book call no.: R 920.073 P769 v.2

Puryear, Edgar F., Jr.  Stars in Flight.  Novato, CA, Presidio Press, 1981.  295 p.
The Leadership of General Nathan F. Twining, pp 139-164.
Book call no.: 358.400922 P986s

Twining, Nathan F.  Neither Liberty nor Safety: A Hard Look at U.S. Military Policy and Strategy.  New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966.  320 p.
Book call no.: 355.0973 T972n

Webb, Willard J. and Cole, Ronald H.  The Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  New ed.  Washington, Joint History Office, Office of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1995.  221 p.
Twining, pp 58-65, includes photographs; some color.
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Book call no.: 355.33042 W368c 1995

Webster's American Military Biographies, edited by Robert McHenry.  Reprint.  New York, G & C Merriam, 1984.  548 p.
Twining, Nathan F., pp 444-445.
Book call no.: 923.5 W385 1984


Bray, David A.  Army Air Force Leadership in the Pacific During World War II.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 1981.  27 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 B8271a

Twining, Nathan F.  Address by General Nathan F. Twining, Chief of Staff, USAF, at the Air Force Symposium Luncheon, Omaha, Nebraska.  s.l., s.n., 1954.  8 p.
"20 August 1954" - Cover.
Doc. call no.: M-U 38043-89a

Twining, Nathan F.  Progress in the Air Age.  s.l., s.n, 1954.  5 p.
Address Before the Industrial Preparedness Dinner Meeting of the American Ordnance Association, New York City, December 1, 1954.
Doc. call no.: M-U 38043-89


AF Vice Chief Hails Defense Role of Science and Industry.  Army Navy Air Force Journal 90:510 December 27, 1952.

Air Force Chief.  Aviation Week 58:33-34 May 25, 1953.

Blair Jr., Clay.  The General Everybody Loves.  Saturday Evening Post 230:32-33+ August 17, 1957.
"Twining is said to be the highest-ranking military man having been appointed in the country's top uniformed policy-making body.  Twining has commanded more different air forces than any other general during World War II." - Abstract.
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Butterfield, Roger and Gibney, Frank.  The Twining Tradition.  Life 43:104-106+ August 26, 1957.

Command: The Champ.  Time 46:29 August 6, 1945.

Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Chief of Staff USAF, 1953-1957.  Pegasus 26:Supplement, pp 10-11 July 1957.

Gen. Twining Outlines Problems of U.S. Military Structure: Advises Army.  Army Navy Air Force Journal 96:11+ October 25, 1958.

History's Child.  Time 61:25 May 18, 1953.

Meeting Red Strength (Statement by Twining).  Army Navy Air Force Register 78:2 November 16, 1957.

The New Dimension.  Time 63:18+ February 8, 1954.

Of Chiefs and Chairmen: General Nathan Farragut Twining, USAF.  Joint Force Quarterly No. 4:106 Spring 1994.
Includes color portrait of General Twining.

Strategic Weapons Stressed by Twining.  Armed Forces Management 5:28-29 November 1958.

Twining, Nathan F.  Report from Moscow.  Air Force 39:60-65 August 1956.

Twining, Nathan F.  The Tradition of Courage.  Air Force 40:50+ February 1957.

Wolk, Herman S.  The New Look in Retrospect.  Air Force Magazine 57:48-51 March 1974.
National security policy of the Eisenhower Administration.

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