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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

Space Ship Takeoff, a Technical Fantasy

Space Ship Takeoff, a Technical Fantasy

1928 WELTRAUM SCHIFFI STARTET EINE TECHNISCHE FANTASIE (SPACE SHIP TAKEOFF, A TECHNICAL FANTASY). ARC Identifier 67908 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-28533. Summary: A German film depicting, through the use of spe... More

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

THE BATTLE FOR THE BEACHES

THE BATTLE FOR THE BEACHES

ARC Identifier 65841 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-19152. Summary: Navy film of the training and struggle to obtain beaches in Pacific and European Areas. Combat scenes of WWII. Reel 1: 1) Several LS taken off sh... 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: 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

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

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

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

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

Captured German War Films

Captured German War Films

ARC Identifier 64760 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-13034 and ARC Identifier 24043 / Local Identifier 111-ADC-10281. 1939-1945. Summary: POSTHUMOS AWARDS: CU, Swastika emblem, CUs, display of medals - men at atten... 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

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: "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: 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

HIGH FREQUENCY AS A WEAPON

HIGH FREQUENCY AS A WEAPON

ARC Identifier 64890 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-13277. Summary: Coverage of high-frequency radio waves for radar jamming used by German military in WW II to interfere with bombing accuracy and to blind British... 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

THE CALL OF THE AIR

THE CALL OF THE AIR

ARC Identifier 65873 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-19319. Summary: Shows Lighter-than-air aircraft, ground and air shots illustrating activities and educational opportunities of students in this branch of the U.S... 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

[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]

BERLIN AIR LIFT (OUTTAKES FROM "OPERATIONS VITTLES")

BERLIN AIR LIFT (OUTTAKES FROM "OPERATIONS VITTLES")

ARC Identifier 65508 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-17643. Summary: Activities of Berlin Air Lift. Aerial delivery of supplies to Berlin, July, 1948. British and American A/C and personnel hauling supplies. Good c... 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)]

[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)]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANIMALS IN ROCKET FLIGHT

ANIMALS IN ROCKET FLIGHT

1952 ARC Identifier 66372 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-21259. Summary: Outtakes of SFP 316. Preparation of monkeys and white mice for flight in the Aerobee Missile at Holloman AFB, 1952. Summary: Reel 1: 1) CU ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Launchings of Discoverer and Explorer

Launchings of Discoverer and Explorer

1959 LAUNCHINGS OF DISCOVERER V, DISCOVERER VI AND EXPLORER VI VANDENBERG AFB, CALIFORNIA AND CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, 7, 13 AND 19 AUGUST 1959, 08/07/1959. ARC Identifier 67747 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-2782... More

Supersonic Thunderbirds

Supersonic Thunderbirds

1959 SUPERSONIC THUNDERBIRDS, NELLIS AFB, NEVADA AND VAN NUYS CALIFORNIA, 26 FEBRUARY - 16 MARCH 1959, 02/26/1959 - 03/16/1959. ARC Identifier 67591 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-27272. Summary: Coverage of the U... More

Volcano Eruptions

Volcano Eruptions

1959 VOLCANO ERUPTION OF KILAUEA IKI CRATER, 11/16/1959 - 11/21/1959. ARC Identifier 68933 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-35758. Summary: Aerial and ground coverage of Kilauea Iki hurling hot lava fountain to a h... 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

Warehouse interior, medium shot, SENIOR AIRMAN Devine, Hooker and Roulhac, USAF, 436th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, standing beside a cargo box on 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 waiting transportation to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for display at the Air Force Museum

Warehouse interior, medium shot, SENIOR AIRMAN Devine, Hooker and Roul...

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

Berlin Documentary

Berlin Documentary

1961 BERLIN DOCUMENTARY, WEST BERLIN, GERMANY, AUGUST AND DECEMBER 1961, 08/1961. ARC Identifier 68514 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-31891A. Summary: Coverage of an American serviceman in the Berlin Air Traffic C... More

Man and Space

Man and Space

1961 ARC Identifier 657297 / Local Identifier 263.2102. This U.S. Air Force film discusses the need for manned space exploration. It also documents what was done to protect and support the safety of men in spac... More

Chimp and Man Ejections

Chimp and Man Ejections

1962 B-58A ESCAPE CAPSULE, CHIMP AND MAN EJECTIONS, 01/31/1962. ARC Identifier 68568 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-32308. Summary: Coverage of the first live ejections with chimpanzee and the first manned ejectio... More

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Having His Blood Pressure Checked after His Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Having His Blood Pressure C...

Original caption: USAF Lt. Col. E. W. Schear takes Astronaut Carpenters' blood pressure shortly after his arrival aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. Committee Papers

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Jacob E. Smart, Commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) from 01 August 1963 to 31 July 1964

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Jacob E. Smart, ...

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

THE CAPE

THE CAPE

1963 ARC Identifier 69591 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-39925. Film highlights events at the Cape during 1963 including missile launches, both successful and malfunctions; construction of Titan III facility; sequ... More

Graduating Cadets Toss Caps in the Air as President John F. Kennedy Looks on,  Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Graduating Cadets Toss Caps in the Air as President John F. Kennedy Lo...

Original caption: President John F. Kennedy's trip to Colorado to address the graduating class from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Graduating cadets toss caps in the air as President Kennedy looks on. Falcon Sta... More

Photograph of Symposium on Legal Information Retrieval

Photograph of Symposium on Legal Information Retrieval

Left to right: Calvin M. Vos, USAF Staff Judge Advocate; William H. Smith, Assistant Commissioner, Planning and Research, Internal Revenue Service; John G. Lyons, Attorney, Department of Justice, Securities and... More

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Hunter Harris, Commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) from 01 August 1964 to 31 January 1967

Artwork portrait of US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Hunter Harris, C...

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

Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara holds a spontaneous conference outside his office at the Pentagon. From left to right: General Earle G. Wheeler, USA, chairman, Joint Chiefs of STAFF (JCS); McNamara; Deputy Secretary of Defense Cyrus R. Vance; and Lieutenant General David A. Burchinal, USAF, director of the joint staff, JCS

Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara holds a spontaneous conference...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Harold Wise, USN Release Status: ... More

A spontaneous conference is held in a corridor at the Pentagon by, left to right, General Earle G. Wheeler, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of STAFF; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Deputy Secretary of Defense Cyrus R. Vance and Lieutenant General David A. Burchinal, USAF, Director of the Joint STAFF, Joint Chiefs of STAFF

A spontaneous conference is held in a corridor at the Pentagon by, lef...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Ralph Seghess Release Status: Rel... More

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