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The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the second youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the fourth in order of precedence. The U.S. Air Force articulates its core missions as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.

The U.S. Air Force is a military service branch organized within the Department of the Air Force, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The Air Force through the Department of the Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force, who reports to the Secretary of Defense and is appointed by the President with Senate confirmation. The highest-ranking military officer in the Air Force is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who exercises supervision over Air Force units and serves as one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Certain Air Force components are assigned, as directed by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force, to unified combatant commands. Combatant commanders are delegated operational authority of the forces assigned to them, while the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force retain administrative authority over their members.

Along with conducting independent air operations, the U.S. Air Force provides air support for land and naval forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2017, the service operates more than 5,369 military aircraft and 406 ICBMs. It has a $156.3 billion budget and is the second largest service branch, with 320,812 active duty airmen, 145,789 civilian personnel, 69,200 reserve airmen, and 105,700 Air National Guard airmen.

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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

Andrew Tester (left), Suffolk County Council archaeologist, explains the value of the archaeological treasure found on Royal Air Force (RAF) Mildenhall, UK, to US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) Richard T. Devereaux (second from left), Commander, 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW). When a new softball field was planned, Mr. Tester and his colleagues were called in to survey an area first and they discovered the artifacts. This body was not only the only find that the archaeologists found, there were several other remains, pottery, and coins. The dates for most of the finds are believed to be from the early Roman age, 43 - 410 C.E. (Common Era)), but some items could fall into the Neolithic...

Andrew Tester (left), Suffolk County Council archaeologist, explains t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Andrew Tester (left), Suffolk County Council archaeologist, explains the value of the archaeological treasure found on Royal Air... More

An Australian M113A1 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) leads a convoy of Mercedes Benz Unimog U1700L trucks to its destination through Shoalwater Bay, Australia, during Exercise TANDEM THRUST 01. TANDEM THRUST 01 is a combined US, Australian and Canadian military training exercise

An Australian M113A1 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) leads a convoy of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TANDEM THRUST 01 Base: Shoalwater Bay Training Area State: Queensland Country: Australia (AUS) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT W... 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

Foulois

Foulois

Members of Floresvillie High School Air Force JROTC present the colors at an event honoring Benjamin Foulois March 2, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Foulois is credited with completing the fir... 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

Pax River Holds ANZAC Day Ceremony

Pax River Holds ANZAC Day Ceremony

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (April 25, 2016) - Members of the flag party stand at attention as Squadron Leader Lay, of the Royal Australian Air Force, lays a wreath in honor of the members of the Australian Defense For... More

JBLE celebrates 100 years of Langley

JBLE celebrates 100 years of Langley

December 30, 2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of Langley Air Force Base, Va. On December 30, 1916, the U.S. Government received a deed to the land that became Langley Field and is now Joint Base Langley-Eust... More

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

Col. Julie Grundahl, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews

Col. Julie Grundahl, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews

Col. Julie Grundahl, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews vice commander, talks at the opening ceremony of the Women’s Equality Day fun run at the Community Commons on JBA, Md., Aug. 26, 2016. She talked about the ... More

Gopher Flier Relates Experiences of Flight to National Capitol and Back

Gopher Flier Relates Experiences of Flight to National Capitol and Bac...

U.S. Army Capt. Ray S. Miller, right, and Lt. Col. W.C. Garis pose for a photograph before leaving Washington D.C., at Bolling Field, Oct. 6, 1920. Miller and Garis, along with U.S. Army Gen. Walter F. Rhinow, ... More

Celebrating 100 Years of 133rd AW Aviation

Celebrating 100 Years of 133rd AW Aviation

U.S. Army Capt. Raymond S. Miller, left, Lt. Col. W.C. Garis, center, and Gen. Walter Rhinow pose for a photograph in Falcon Heights, Minn., Sept. 26, 1921. Miller, Garis, and Walter flew to Washington D.C. to... More

Walt Lathan, Yorktown crier, welcomes everyone to Yorktown

Walt Lathan, Yorktown crier, welcomes everyone to Yorktown

Walt Lathan, Yorktown crier, welcomes everyone to Yorktown Va., during the Yorktown Day parade, Oct. 19, 2016. The modern Yorktown Day observance started in 1922, when the Daughters of the American Revolution b... 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

Taj birthday

Taj birthday

Randolph's iconic administration building, the "Taj Mahal" at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, Nov. 30, 2011, officially opened 80 years ago on Oct. 5, 1930. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy photo/Released)

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)

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

On 18 April 1942, airmen of the US Army Air Forces,

On 18 April 1942, airmen of the US Army Air Forces,

On 18 April 1942, airmen of the US Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on militar... 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

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

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

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: "Portrait of B-17 Crewman Examining Machine Gun After a Raid, June 1944, at a Base Somewhere in East Anglia". Artist: Arthur Rothenberg, USAF Art Collection

Artwork: "Portrait of B-17 Crewman Examining Machine Gun After a Raid,...

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

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

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

Artwork: "B-17 at Hamilton". Artist: Jim Schwering. U.S. Air Force Art Collection

Artwork: "B-17 at Hamilton". Artist: Jim Schwering. U.S. Air Force Art...

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

Artwork: "B-17 Flight". Artist: Edward Lim, USAF Art Collection

Artwork: "B-17 Flight". Artist: Edward Lim, USAF Art Collection

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

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

Artwork: "Crew of a B-24 Being Taken to Interrogation After Raid on Berlin, 1945". Artist: Arthur Rothenberg, USAF Art Collection

Artwork: "Crew of a B-24 Being Taken to Interrogation After Raid on Be...

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

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

Artwork: B-17 Flying Fortress - Artist: Darrel G. Crow U.S. Air Force Art Collection OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO (RELEASED)

Artwork: B-17 Flying Fortress - Artist: Darrel G. Crow U.S. Air Force ...

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

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

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)] - [FRA-7185 through FRA-7191 (And O-File)]

[Brigadier General Phillips W. Smith, USAF, Director, Defense Production Division, OSR]

[Brigadier General Phillips W. Smith, USAF, Director, Defense Producti...

[Brigadier General Phillips W. Smith, USAF, Director, Defense Production Division, OSR] - [PAR-4206]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)] - [FRA-7185 through FRA-7191 (And O-File)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)] - [FRA-7185 through FRA-7191 (And O-File)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)] - [FRA-7185 through FRA-7191 (And O-File)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)]

[Mystere IV Handed Over to USAF (Offshore)] - [FRA-7185 through FRA-7191 (And O-File)]

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

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

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

Gary Olin, right, of Rockwell International, and MAJ Jimmy Robbins stand in front of the last F-106A Delta Dart aircraft in active service before its final flight. Robbins will fly the aircraft to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it will be used in the QF-106 drone program. The F-106 was used in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program as a safety chase aircraft

Gary Olin, right, of Rockwell International, and MAJ Jimmy Robbins sta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... More

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft passes over the Mojave Desert while en route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., where it will be used in the QF-106 drone program. The aircraft, which was the second-to-last F-106 in active service, had been used as a safety chase aircraft in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft passes over the Mojave Desert while en r...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

Jim Dickerson, a maintenance crew chief for Rockwell International, stands in front of an F-106A Delta Dart aircraft prior to its last flight. The aircraft, which was the last Delta Dart in active service, has been used as a safety chase aircraft for the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program. It will be taken to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it will become a QF-106 drone aircraft

Jim Dickerson, a maintenance crew chief for Rockwell International, st...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... More

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft sits on the flight line at Rockwell International's Plant No. 42, where it has been used as a safety chase aircraft for the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program. The aircraft, which was the final F-106 in active service, will be flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for use in the QF-106 drone program. A B-1B aircraft is in the background

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft sits on the flight line at Rockwell Inte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... 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

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft rolls along a taxiway at Rockwell International's Plant No. 42, where it has been used as a safety chase aircraft for the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program. The aircraft, which was the final F-106 in active service, will be flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for use in the QF-106 drone program. A B-1B aircraft is in the background

An F-106A Delta Dart aircraft rolls along a taxiway at Rockwell Intern...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... More

US Air Force (USAF) 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Matthew Robey (left) and 2LT Michelle Taylor of the 2nd Munitions Squadron (MS), Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA), do a hands-on restoration of the 8th Air Force Museums F-84F Thunderstreak fighter aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Matthew Robey (left) and 2LT ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: A1C... 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

Extreme close up showing the nose section of a MIG-15 aircraft on display during the Airfest 2000 air show at March Air Reserve Base (ARB), California (CA)

Extreme close up showing the nose section of a MIG-15 aircraft on disp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Reserve Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Melissa Connolly, USAF Release ... More

MAJ Jimmy Robbins stands in front of the last F-106A Delta Dart aircraft in active service before its final flight. Robbins will fly the aircraft to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it will be used in the QF-106 drone program. The Delta Dart was used in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program as a safety chase aircraft

MAJ Jimmy Robbins stands in front of the last F-106A Delta Dart aircra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... 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

Dale Snodgrass, former F-14 Tomcat demo pilot and retired US Navy fighter wing commander delivers fast maneuvers in his F86 Sabre. The demonstration was featured at the Navy Lakehurst 2001 Airshow on June 2, 2001

Dale Snodgrass, former F-14 Tomcat demo pilot and retired US Navy figh...

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

040817-F-4201N-005 (Aug. 17, 2004)Ron Owsley, American Mechanical, checks the progress as he cuts through a steam line pipe on Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska (AK). Mr. Owsley is working on utilidor replacement heating, water, and sewer pipes, this is an above ground insulated network of pipes and cables. American Mechanical is in phase 4 of the upgrade process, improving the quality of life in Alaska by replacing the original pipes installed throughout the state of Alaska in the 1950s. U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN Anthony Nelson Jr. (RELEASED)

040817-F-4201N-005 (Aug. 17, 2004)Ron Owsley, American Mechanical, che...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eielson Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: AMN Anthony Nelson Jr., USAF Release St... 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.

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

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen of Note, part of the USAF Band Jazz Section, recreate a scene from the 1950s tribute to Glenn Millers Army Air Forces (AAF) dance band for a Voice of America (VOA) recording for a future worldwide broadcast. Note: (UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND, TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER ARMY AIR FORCE BAND)

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen of Note, part of the USAF Band Jazz Section...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Casey Mccormick, USAF Release Sta... More

Rockwell International maintenance personnel stand in front of an F-106A Delta Dart aircraft prior to its last flight. The aircraft, which was the last Delta Dart in active service, has been used as a safety chase aircraft in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program. It will be taken to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where it will become a QF-106 drone aircraft. A B-1B aircraft is in the background

Rockwell International maintenance personnel stand in front of an F-10...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... More

Gary Olin of Rockwell International holds a model of an F-106 Delta Dart aircraft. Olin, a retired Air Force pilot, works in the B-1B aircraft production acceptance flight test program, which used the last active service F-106s as safety chase aircraft. The final F-106 was flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on July 6, 1990

Gary Olin of Rockwell International holds a model of an F-106 Delta Da...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Palmdale State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status: Released to... More

Retired GEN Curtis E. LeMay listens to a question during an interview taped for the National Air and Space Museum. LeMay headed the Strategic Air Command from 1948 to 1957 and was Air Force CHIEF of STAFF from 1961 to 1965

Retired GEN Curtis E. LeMay listens to a question during an interview ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen of Note, part of the USAF Band Jazz Section, recreate a scene from the 1950s tribute to Glenn Millers Army Air Forces (AAF) dance band for a Voice of America (VOA) recording for a future worldwide broadcast

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen of Note, part of the USAF Band Jazz Section...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Casey Mccormick, USAF Release Sta... More

US Air Force (USAF) 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Matthew Robey (left) and 2LT Michelle Taylor of the 2nd Munitions Squadron (MS), Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA), do a hands-on restoration of the 8th Air Force Museums F-84F Thunderstreak fighter aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Matthew Robey (left) and 2LT ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: A1C... More

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

Photograph of Hon.. Theodore J. Green, Senator from Rhode Island Delivering the Documents and Charge to Brigadier General Stoyte Ross USAF for Safe Delivery to the National Archives

Photograph of Hon.. Theodore J. Green, Senator from Rhode Island Deliv...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of Brigadier General Stoyte Ross USAF, Comdg. Gen Headquarters Staff Delivering the Documents to Dr. Wayne C. Grover Archivist of the United States

Photograph of Brigadier General Stoyte Ross USAF, Comdg. Gen Headquart...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of Hon.. Theodore J. Green, Senator from Rhode Island, Delivering the Documents and Charge to Brigadier General Stoyte Ross USAF at the Library of Congress

Photograph of Hon.. Theodore J. Green, Senator from Rhode Island, Deli...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

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

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

A brand new KC-135 Stratotanker, Tail number 55-3127,

A brand new KC-135 Stratotanker, Tail number 55-3127,

A brand new KC-135 Stratotanker, Tail number 55-3127, takes off from Larson Air Force Base, Washington, June 28, 1957, on its way to Castle AFB, Washington. This was the first KC-135 delivered to the legacy Str... More

USAF Band Concert (Poster)

USAF Band Concert (Poster)

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Distribution Center: USIS - Taipei Post: RPC - Manila Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

U.S. Air Force Brig. GEN. Thornton E."BECK"Becklund, 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, climbs into the cockpit of a F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft at Hector Field, North Dakota. The"Happy Hooligan"pilots flew the F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft from 1954-to-1960. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Brig. GEN. Thornton E."BECK"Becklund, 119th Fighter Win...

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 personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, pose for a photograph standing in front of a F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft at Hector Field, North Dakota. The"Happy Hooligan"pilots flew the F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft from 1954-to-1960. Pictured standing left-to-right are: Marshall Johnson; Thor Hertsgaard; and Duane"Pappy"Larson. Kneeling left is Alexander P. Macdonald.  The person kneeling on the right is unknown. (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: 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 personnel assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", North Dakota Air National Guard, Robert Groom and Neil Modin, photographed with their F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft at Hector Field, North Dakota. The"Happy Hooligan"pilots flew the F-94 A/C Starfire aircraft from 1954-to-1960. (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: Hector Air Field State: North Dakota (ND) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pub... More

Weather Station Balloon

Weather Station Balloon

This photograph shows a helium-filled radar observer balloon at the U.S. Air Force weather station at the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada Proving Grounds at Indian Springs. Testing of the atmosphere was done ... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Emmett (Rosie) O'Donnell, Jr. Commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) from 01 August 1959 to 31 July 1963

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Emmett (Rosie) O...

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

Photograph of Earth from an Air Force Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Photograph of Earth from an Air Force Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic...

Original caption: SUBJECT: MOTHER EARTH FROM 700MILES UP -- This series of photographs taken during the flight of an Air Force Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile August 24, 1959, shows the earth from an a... More

Commander AFRS/AFRTS-Broadcast Center - James H. Rose, LT. COL., USAF from October 1954 - January 1960.  (Exact Date Shot Unknown)

Commander AFRS/AFRTS-Broadcast Center - James H. Rose, LT. COL., USAF ...

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

Loyd Nolan, left, speaks during an interview taped for the National Air and Space Museum. Nolan founded the Confederate Air Force, a private historical organization that restores and preserves World War II-era aircraft. AT right is retired GEN Curtis E. LeMay, who headed the Strategic Air Command from 1948 to 1957 and was Air Force CHIEF of STAFF from 1961 to 1965

Loyd Nolan, left, speaks during an interview taped for the National Ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

Retired GEN Curtis E. LeMay speaks during an interview taped for the National Air and Space Museum. LeMay headed the Strategic Air Command from 1948 to 1957 and was Air Force CHIEF of STAFF from 1961 to 1965

Retired GEN Curtis E. LeMay speaks during an interview taped for the N...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

Warehouse interior, medium shot, SENIOR AIRMAN Devine, Hooker, Roulhac and other USAF personnel, 436th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, around a section of the Berlin Wall, a second section of wall in background. The wall sections were docked at Dover AFB, 3 January 2000 and are awaiting transportation to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for display at the Air Force Museum

Warehouse interior, medium shot, SENIOR AIRMAN Devine, Hooker, Roulhac...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dover Air Force Base State: Delaware (DE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: William Plate Jr. Release Status: Relea... More

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