Here is another old research note that I wrote for From Balloons to Drones. It is a subject I would like to return to one day as Spaight was an interesting character and a significant air power thinker.
By Dr Ross Mahoney
In 2004, War in History published an article by Alaric Searle that posed the question ‘Was there a ‘Boney’ Fuller after the Second World War?’. In short, Searle concluded that Major-General J.F.C. Fuller’s theoretical writing continued after 1945 alongside his historical writing and was not simply a ‘footnote to [his] biography.’ Searle’s question is an interesting one and could easily be applied to James Malony Spaight. In the inter-war years, Spaight, who was a trained jurist and, as a civilian, served in the Air Ministry, produced several notable volumes on air warfare with particular reference to issues such as its legality. As Robin Higham reflected:
No survey of British airpower theorists in the interwar years would be complete without mention of […] Spaight.
Furthermore, Peter Gray noted that Spaight’s influence, due to his work within the Air Ministry, went further than just being…
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