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An air force – in the broadest sense – is the national military branch that primarily conducts aerial warfare. More specifically, it is the branch of a nation's armed services that is responsible for aerial warfare as distinct from an army or navy. Typically, air forces are responsible for gaining control of the air, carrying out strategic and tactical bombing missions, and providing support to land and naval forces often in the form of aerial reconnaissance and close air support.

The term air force may also refer to a tactical air force or numbered air force, which is an operational formation either within a national air force or comprising several air components from allied nations. Air forces typically consist of a combination of fighters, bombers, helicopters, transport planes and other aircraft.

Many air forces may command and control other air defence assets such as anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, or anti-ballistic missile warning networks and defensive systems. Some air forces are also responsible for operations of the military space and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Some nations, principally countries who modelled their militaries along Soviet lines, have or had an air defence force which is organizationally separate from their air force.

Peacetime/non-wartime activities of air forces may include air policing and air-sea rescue.

Air forces are not just composed of pilots, but also rely on a significant amount of support from other personnel to operate. Logistics, security, intelligence, special operations, cyber space support, maintenance, weapons loaders, and many other specialties are required by all air forces.

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Members of the German military carry lit torches in honor of General (GEN) Charles L. Donnelly Jr., departing commander in chief, US Air Force Europe, and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. The Soldiers are participating in the"Grand Tatoo,"one of the West Germany military's highest honors

Members of the German military carry lit torches in honor of General (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: NOMAD THRUST Base: Ramstein Air Base Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Patrick Nugent Release Status: ... More

A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO being refueled by the boom and refueling arm of a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The image was taken from the Boom Operators position

A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Whiteman Air Force Base State: Missouri (MO) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Chuck Reger Release Status: Rel... More

The Declaration of Independence, drafted and signed

The Declaration of Independence, drafted and signed

The Declaration of Independence, drafted and signed July 4, 1776, was set in place to establish that all men are created equal and that all are entitled to freedom. This is one of many historical documents pres... More

CSAF initiative ignites Incirlik Airmen

CSAF initiative ignites Incirlik Airmen

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a photo in front of the 728th Air Mobility Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Aug. 31, 2018. The 728th AMS and the 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron teamed up to... More

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during a visit ... More

A Typhoon assigned to the 3 Fighter Squadron, Royal

A Typhoon assigned to the 3 Fighter Squadron, Royal

A Typhoon assigned to the 3 Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Coningsby U.K., launches from the flightline for a training sortie during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 27, 2015. The 3 FS was ... More

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - Airships that may be used for passenger service. British Royal Air Force Official photograph. Dirigible built in 1917 with duralumin girders, is 540 feet long and has been sleeping quarters for the crew

Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations - Airships that may be used fo...

Date Taken: 2/8/1919 Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Balloons - In the Theatre of Operations

Airplanes - Flight - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, A new arm precluded by Armistice. Among new devices which Armistice prevented Royal Air Force from putting into use against enemy was torpedo-aeroplane. Considered to be greater potential value than submarine, and would doubtless have proved astonishingly efficient. Central News Service

Airplanes - Flight - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, A new arm precluded by Arm...

Photographer: Central News Service Airplanes - Flight

Airplanes - Historical - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, a new arm precluded by Armistice. Among new devices which Armistice prevented Royal Air Force from putting into use against enemy was torpedo-aeroplane. Considered to be greater potential value than submarine, and would doubtless have proved astonishingly efficient. Central News Service

Airplanes - Historical - The Torpedo-Aeroplane, a new arm precluded by...

Photographer: Central News Service Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Miscellaneous - A bit of America's Air Force. A number of aviation instructors, mechanicians, and students at the Wilbur Wright Aviation camp, one of the biggest aviation schools in the U.S

Airplanes - Miscellaneous - A bit of America's Air Force. A number of ...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Miscellaneous

Airplanes - Historical - Flying above the clouds. Taken from an observation balloon showing pilot of the Royal British Air Force, 5,000 feet above sea level

Airplanes - Historical - Flying above the clouds. Taken from an observ...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Airplanes - Historical

Airplanes - Historical - General W.S. Brancker of the English Air Force, and Major C.K. Rhinehardt of American Aviation Corps, who flew from Mineola to witness launching of the Handley-Page Aero Langley, at Elizabeth, N.J

Airplanes - Historical - General W.S. Brancker of the English Air Forc...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Airplanes - Historical

Cher Ami, the carrier pigeon which carried a message

Cher Ami, the carrier pigeon which carried a message

Cher Ami, the carrier pigeon which carried a message from the Lost Battalion to the 77th Division on Oct. 4, 1918. The pigeon survived German rifle fire to carry a message callong on American artillery to stop ... More

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the

The National Christmas Tree remains unlit before the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2016. The annual tree lighting tradition began in 1923 and has continued every ye... More

The layout of Randolph Field in 1931 and the design

The layout of Randolph Field in 1931 and the design

The layout of Randolph Field in 1931 and the design of the "Taj Mahal" reflected the vision of Army 1st Lt. Harold Clark, who later became a brigadier general. (U.S. Air Force photo/Courtesy photo) (released)

1936 View of Washington circle from top of 12th Flying

1936 View of Washington circle from top of 12th Flying

1936 View of Washington circle from top of 12th Flying Training Headquarters building (better known as the Taj) (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)

HINDENBURG CRASH, 05/06/1937 (Disc 2)

HINDENBURG CRASH, 05/06/1937 (Disc 2)

ARC Identifier 64668 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-12735. Reel 2: 700'. 1) LS Zeppelin (Hindenburg) in flames. 2) MS Camera pans L to R showing wreckage of Zeppelin. 3) US Nose of the burned airship. 4) US Hind... More

A World War II reenactor waits as his fellow reenactors

A World War II reenactor waits as his fellow reenactors

A World War II reenactor waits as his fellow reenactors prepare to drive an antique Jeep from the 1940’s during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 3, 2014. Thousands are expected to travel to N... More

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and is the "live" replicated scene sequences from the Touchstone Pictures film, "Pearl Harbor". The recreation is accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers - mostly belonging to the Confederate Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. Their purpose is to entertain and display the history lesson which propelled us into World War II. The demonstration was featured at the Navy Lakehurst 2001 Airshow on June 2, 2001

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on P...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: New Jersey (NJ) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Gary Ell, USAF CIV. Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

The Convair B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber powered

The Convair B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber powered

The Convair B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber powered by four Pratt and Whitney 1,200 horsepower engines. It had a gross weight of 65,000 pounds, a 10-man crew, and a top speed of 300 mph. In addition to being ... More

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and is the "live" replicated scene sequences from the Touchstone Pictures film, "Pearl Harbor". The recreation is accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers - mostly belonging to the Confederate Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. Their purpose is to entertain and display the history lesson which propelled us into World War II. The demonstration was featured at the Navy Lakehurst 2001 Airshow on June 2, 2001

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on P...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: New Jersey (NJ) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Gary Ell, USAF CIV. Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and is the "live" replicated scene sequences from the Touchstone Pictures film, "Pearl Harbor". The recreation is accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers - mostly belonging to the Confederate Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. Their purpose is to entertain and display the history lesson which propelled us into World War II. The demonstration was featured at the Navy Lakehurst 2001 Airshow on June 2, 2001

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7th 1941 attack on P...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Gary Ell, USAF CIV. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital ... More

Photograph of a B-26 Martin Marauder Giving Cover to the Landing Craft on the Beaches of France

Photograph of a B-26 Martin Marauder Giving Cover to the Landing Craft...

Original caption: One of the many B-26 Martin Marauders of the 9th AF is shown over the coast of France during the early morning giving a cover to the landing craft shown on the beaches below. These hard-hitti... More

Aerial Photograph of Franklin Roosevelt's Inauguration in 1941

Aerial Photograph of Franklin Roosevelt's Inauguration in 1941

Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - World War II and Korean War

78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

In April 18, 1942, Airmen of the U.S. Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a daring raid on military targets in Tokyo, ... More

Construction for building 2050 began on Jan. 19, 1942,

Construction for building 2050 began on Jan. 19, 1942,

Construction for building 2050 began on Jan. 19, 1942, after the citizens of Spokane raised approximately $125,000 to purchase 2,400 acres for the Northwest Air Depot. The construction took more than a year to ... More

A tanker sinks after being torpedoed by German U-boat

A tanker sinks after being torpedoed by German U-boat

A tanker sinks after being torpedoed by German U-boat in 1942 of the coast of North Carolina. This loss and other attacks on American tankers spurred the Petroleum Industry War Council to advocate using the Civ... More

"GOOD HUNTING, SON,- YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN NOW!!!"

"GOOD HUNTING, SON,- YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN NOW!!!"

Training blacks in the Air Force. Artworks and Mockups for Cartoons Promoting the War Effort and Original Sketches by Charles Alston

2nd Lt. Harry Burdette(top right), 379th Bombardment

2nd Lt. Harry Burdette(top right), 379th Bombardment

2nd Lt. Harry Burdette(top right), 379th Bombardment B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, shown here with his crew at Kimbolton, England, is the grandfather of Capt. Shawn Jensen, a RC-135 Rivet Joint pilot with the 763... More

Photograph of Lt. Louis Zamperini, Former NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association] Miler and Olympic Team Member, Bombardier, on Lt. Russel A. Phillips' Plane, Examining 20 mm Japanese Explosive Shell Hole in the Side of Fuselage

Photograph of Lt. Louis Zamperini, Former NCAA [National Collegiate At...

Original caption: War Theatre #23 (Funafuti, Ellice Island) Airplanes, Battle Damage. Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities and Personnel - Wor... More

THE THUNDERBOLTS--RAMROD TO EMDEN

THE THUNDERBOLTS--RAMROD TO EMDEN

1943 ARC Identifier 2873 / Local Identifier 18-C-409. On an escort ("ramrod") of bombers to Emden, Germany, by P-47's of the 8th Air Force. Shows planning of the mission. Planes are prepared and pilots are brie... More

Photograph of Lt. Lou Zamperini, Bombardier, Examining the Damage a Japanese Cannon Shell did to His Liberator

Photograph of Lt. Lou Zamperini, Bombardier, Examining the Damage a Ja...

Original caption: Theatre #23 Funafuti, Ellice Island - Lt. Lou Zamperini, bombardier, examines damage a Jap cannon shell from an intercepting Zero over Nauru did to his Liberator, The Zero got three other cann... More

Two of the B-17 Flying Fortresses that were damaged

Two of the B-17 Flying Fortresses that were damaged

Two of the B-17 Flying Fortresses that were damaged by an explosion at RAF Alconbury May 27, 1943, sit on the flightline. Nineteen U.S. Army Air Force 95th Bombardment Group airmen were killed and 21 others wer... More

NORMANDY, THE AIRBORNE INVASION OF FORTRESS EUROPE

NORMANDY, THE AIRBORNE INVASION OF FORTRESS EUROPE

ARC Identifier 65988 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-19674. Summary: World War II scenes starting out with CU of Army Field Order No. 1, IX Troop Carrier Command, then shifts to a group of high ranking officers loo... More

Photograph of Paratroopers just before They Took off for the Initial Assault of D-Day

Photograph of Paratroopers just before They Took off for the Initial A...

Original caption: See You in Berlin. Resolute faces of paratroopers just before they took off for the initial assault of D-Day. Paratrooper in foreground has just read Gen. Eisenhower's message of good luck a... More

Artwork: Italy, 1944 - Artist: Eric Joyner U.S. Air Force Art Collection OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)

Artwork: Italy, 1944 - Artist: Eric Joyner U.S. Air Force Art Collecti...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

World War II reenactors sit on a tank to listen to

World War II reenactors sit on a tank to listen to

World War II reenactors sit on a tank to listen to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, United States Air Forces Europe, Air Forces Africa vice commander, speak to the town of Picauville, France, during a ceremon... More

AAF REPORT

AAF REPORT

1944 ARC Identifier 2835 / Local Identifier 18-C-111. Documents the world-wide activities of the Army Air Forces. Reel 1 shows various training activities and explains the formation of fighting units. Shows war... More

Aerial Photograph of the Landing Operation on the French Coast Showing Three LSTs Stuck in Shallow Water off Shore

Aerial Photograph of the Landing Operation on the French Coast Showing...

Original caption: Aerial view of the landing operation on the French Coast shows three LST's stuck in shallow water a couple of hundred yards off shore. A line of tanks and vehicles scuttles through the heady ... More

Photograph of Men and Assault Vehicles Storming the Beaches of Normandy

Photograph of Men and Assault Vehicles Storming the Beaches of Normand...

Original caption: Men and assault vehicles storm the beaches of Normandy as allied landing craft make a dent in Germany's West Wall on June 6, 1944. As wave after wave of landing craft unload their cargo, men ... More

8TH AIR FORCE FIGHTER OERATIONS, GERMANY, 02/03/1945

8TH AIR FORCE FIGHTER OERATIONS, GERMANY, 02/03/1945

ARC Identifier 14166 / Local Identifier 111-ADC-359 - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 - 02/28/1964) - 1945 - - Copied by Thomas Gideon

Air Force Project 223-12040

Air Force Project 223-12040

ARC Identifier 28987 / Local Identifier 111-LC-46682 - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984) - ... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) George C. Kenney, Commander of Far East Air Forces from 15 June 1944 to 29 December 1945

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) George C. Kenney...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

Russell Gackenbach, back center, was the navigator

Russell Gackenbach, back center, was the navigator

Russell Gackenbach, back center, was the navigator aboard the B-29 Superfortress, Necessary Evil, and is the last surviving member of the three crews that flew the atomic bomb mission over Hiroshima, Japan on A... More

Col. (ret.) Ralph Jenkins, 510th Fighter Squadron commander,

Col. (ret.) Ralph Jenkins, 510th Fighter Squadron commander,

Col. (ret.) Ralph Jenkins, 510th Fighter Squadron commander, poses for a photo while serving as a fighter pilot during World War II. During one of the last reunions with his squadron members a pact was made tha... More

Fighter Operations, 6th Air Force, ETO, 01/1945

Fighter Operations, 6th Air Force, ETO, 01/1945

ARC Identifier 23458 / Local Identifier 111-ADC-9693. Summary: GSAP views, German planes destroyed on the ground and in the air. Good shots of tracer fire on trains, other ground targets. GSAP views, tracers hi... More

The fight for the Sky

The fight for the Sky

ARC Identifier 63894 / Local Identifier 342-SFP-157. The fight for the Sky: Our fighter pilots versus the Luftwaffe in Western Europe, 1945. On the activities of the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in Europe. Sho... More

An aerial view of Bldg. 1535, occupied by HQ SAC until Feb. 1948, when the Military Air Trans. Service, later to become the Military Airlift Command, moved in. The Research and Development Command, later to become the Air Research and Development Command, replaced MATS in Jan. 1951. On April 1, 1961 the ARDC became the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)

An aerial view of Bldg. 1535, occupied by HQ SAC until Feb. 1948, when...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to P... More

Project Thunderstorm, 05/1947 - 09/1947

Project Thunderstorm, 05/1947 - 09/1947

1947 ARC Identifier 2987943 / Local Identifier 341-Roswell-8. This film chronicles a joint U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Weather Bureau Project at Wright Field and the All - Weather Flying Station at Wilmington, Oh... More

The Last Bomb

The Last Bomb

[Stock Footage] ARC Identifier 65631 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-18486. Summary: Miscellaneous scenes showing B-29 maintenance scenes, planning room scenes showing plotting board and discussion of target area... More

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND

ARC Identifier 64134 / Local Identifier 342-SFP-1845. PRESENTS STORY OF DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A BOY AND GIRL INTERLACED WITH ANALYSES BY THREE WELL-KNOWN AUTHORITIES ON SEX: COLUMNIST ANN LANDERS, PSY... More

1947 Air Force Birthday Graphic

1947 Air Force Birthday Graphic

On September 18, 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 establishing the Department of the Air Force as a separate branch from the Army Air Forces. The act, which was a component of Pre... More

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Gen. Charles Lecheres, Chief of Staff, French Air Force, Gen. Lauris Norstad, CinC, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, AND Cdt. Daniel Cottard, Interpreter]

[Gen. Charles Lecheres, Chief of Staff, French Air Force, Gen. Lauris ...

[Gen. Charles Lecheres, Chief of Staff, French Air Force, Gen. Lauris Norstad, CinC, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, AND Cdt. Daniel Cottard, Interpreter] - [FRA-6039]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Here Comes the Band - Royal Air Force Band)]

[Here Comes the Band - Royal Air Force Band)]

[Here Comes the Band - Royal Air Force Band)] - [PAR-3841]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Contract for Housing Air Force Personnel]

[Contract for Housing Air Force Personnel]

[Contract for Housing Air Force Personnel] - [PAR-7776]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

Executive Order No. 9981: Ending military segregation

Executive Order No. 9981: Ending military segregation

Executive Order 9981, July 26, 1948; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives Building, Washington. (Online version, www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=84, Fe... More

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds]

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Groun...

[Mystere IV - American Air Force Team Visit Dassault Co. Testing Grounds] - [FRA-6019 through FRA-6036]

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant General (LGEN) Ennis C. Whitehead, Commander of Far East Air Forces, from 30 December 1945 to 25 April 1949

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant General (LGEN) Enni...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

TECHNOLOGY FOR TOMORROW (EYE IN THE SKY)

TECHNOLOGY FOR TOMORROW (EYE IN THE SKY)

ARC Identifier 68431 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-31309. Summary: Coverage of a program presented over WHIO-TV showing the new techniques of aerial reconnaissance including both camera, radar and infrared images... More

Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles Carter, Jr. F-86

Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles Carter, Jr. F-86

Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles Carter, Jr. F-86 Sabre pilot, poses in front of the F-86 Sabre in the late 1950’s. 2nd Lt. Charles Carter Jr. proudly pinned on his brand new silver wings as an F-86 Sabre pi... More

USAF 70th Birthday: 1947 to 1960 (poster 1 of 8)

USAF 70th Birthday: 1947 to 1960 (poster 1 of 8)

Promotional poster at AIRMAN Magazine for the 70th birthday of the US Air Force. Features two P-51 Mustangs flying through the clouds, the theme “Breaking Barriers” and the 70th birthday logo. This was used acr... More

A U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, in flight near Hector Field, N.D., sometime in early 1950. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hector Air Field State: North Dakota (ND) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... More

U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, at Hector Field, N.D., on June 1950. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force F-51D Mustang aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hector Air Field State: North Dakota (ND) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... More

Korean War Begins

Korean War Begins

The Korean War began on June 25th, 1950 when the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded non-Communist South Korea. As the North Korean army, armed with Soviet tanks, quickly overran S... More

A photograph of Capehart Family Housing at Dyess Air

A photograph of Capehart Family Housing at Dyess Air

A photograph of Capehart Family Housing at Dyess Air Force Base in 1956.

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Otto P. (Opie) Weyland, Commander of Far East Air Forces from 10 June 1951 to 25 March 1954

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Otto P. (Opie) W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant General (LGEN) George E. Stratemyer, Commander of Far East Air Forces from 26 April 1949 to 09 June 1951

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant General (LGEN) Geor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, pose for a photo in front of a F-51D Mustang aircraft, in the early 1950s.  Known identities from right to left in the ground row are Thornton Becklund; Duane"Pappy"Larson; and Robert Olwin, far left unknown. Thomas Marking is on the wing on the right. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hool...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Air Force maintenance personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, operate an aircraft two tractor near F-51D Mustang aircraft at Camp Williams, Wisconsin in 1953. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force maintenance personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Win...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Williams State: Wisconsin (WI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, pose for a photo in front of a F-51D Mustang aircraft at Camp Williams, Wisconsin in 1953. Pictured left-to-right, Robert Olwin; Duane"Pappy"Larson; and Thornton E. Becklund. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hool...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Williams State: Wisconsin (WI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, pose for a photo in front of a F-51D Mustang aircraft, sometime in 1953. Pictured left-to-right, Thornton E. Becklund; Robert Olwin; Thomas Marking; and Duane"Pappy"Larson. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hool...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

In 1953, the 92nd Bombardment Wing's B-36 Peacemakers

In 1953, the 92nd Bombardment Wing's B-36 Peacemakers

In 1953, the 92nd Bombardment Wing's B-36 Peacemakers deployed overseas for Operation BIG STICK for the first of several deployments. Strategic Air Command initiated this operation to test its war plans and hel... More

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, pose for a photo in front of a F-51D Mustang aircraft, at Camp Williams, Wisconsin in June 1953. L-R: Foster; Erickson; Becklund; and Knutson (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hool...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Williams State: Wisconsin (WI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

U.S. Air Force North Dakota Air National Guard pilot Duane"Pappy"Larson (foreground left), signs his logbook with members of his ground crew, on the wing of a F-51D Mustang aircraft, at Camp Williams, Wisconsin, in June 1953. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force North Dakota Air National Guard pilot Duane"Pappy"Larso...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Williams State: Wisconsin (WI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

A U.S. Air Force munitions handler assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, loads .50 caliber ammunition into a F-51D Mustang aircraft, at Camp Williams, Wisconsin, in June 1953. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force munitions handler assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Williams State: Wisconsin (WI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Laurence S. Kuter, Commander of Far East Air Forces and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) from 04 June 1955 to 31 July 1959

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Laurence S. Kute...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Earle E. Partridge, Commander of Far East Air Forces from 26 March 1954 to 03 June 1955

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Earle E. Partrid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: CMSGT R... More

Rows of tombstones line the vast expanse at Cambridge

Rows of tombstones line the vast expanse at Cambridge

Rows of tombstones line the vast expanse at Cambridge American Cemetery, United Kingdom, Nov. 11, 2015. The cemetery was dedicated in 1956 as the final resting place of 3,812 American Service members. (U.S. Air... More

PARTNERS IN FREEDOM, 06/06/1956

PARTNERS IN FREEDOM, 06/06/1956

[Silent, Unedited] ARC Identifier 66996 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-24614. Summary: USAF public relations release to introduce FEAF and the FEAF mission to the Japanese people, stressing Japanese-American solid... More

Team Schriever recognizes Veterans Day heritage

Team Schriever recognizes Veterans Day heritage

An F-86H Sabre Hog tactical nuclear bomber from the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, rests on a runway in 1956. The 50th Space Wing traces its origins back to World War II, when the 50th Fighter Group provided close... More

B-47 Taking off at Portsmouth Air Force Base

B-47 Taking off at Portsmouth Air Force Base

Original caption: Portsmouth Air Force Base, Portsmouth, New Hampshire - February 8, 1956. B-47 Taking off. Type of plane to be stationed at PAFB. Construction Project Photographs

Governor Lane Dwinell of New Hampshire at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedication Ceremonies

Governor Lane Dwinell of New Hampshire at Portsmouth Air Force Base De...

Original caption: Portsmouth Air Force Base, N.H. / Gov. Dwinell of New Hampshire. Construction Project Photographs

Congressman and Mrs. Merrow at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedication Ceremonies

Congressman and Mrs. Merrow at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedication Ce...

Original caption: Portsmouth Air Force Base, N.H. / Cong. + Mrs. Merrow. Construction Project Photographs

General and Mrs. Fleming and Senator and Mrs. Bridges at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedication Ceremonies

General and Mrs. Fleming and Senator and Mrs. Bridges at Portsmouth Ai...

Original caption: Portsmouth Air Force Base, N.H. / Mrs Fleming, Gen. Fleming, Sen. Bridges, Mrs. Bridges. Construction Project Photographs

New Hampshire Secretary of State at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedication Ceremonies

New Hampshire Secretary of State at Portsmouth Air Force Base Dedicati...

Original caption: Portsmouth Air Force Base, N.H. / Sec. of State, State of New Hampshire / Passing in Review. Construction Project Photographs

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